14TB Ironwolf Hard Drives Introduction
The release of the new 14TB IronWolf hard drives from Seagate represents one of the greatest advancements in NAS technology to date. The IronWolf line has long led the way in terms of HDD innovation, and these 8-platter drives boast incredible amounts of storage for your business needs. When you factor in the fact that the IronWolf Pro series is designed to operate in groups of up to 24 drives, it becomes apparent that NAS systems with a whopping 336TB of storage are well within your reach. These 14TB IronWolf and IronWolf Pro NAS hard drives are equipped with all of the latest features, and they are designed to be capable of staying in operation all day and night.
Seagate’s AgileArray technology increases reliability in multi-drive NAS arrays. Traditionally, server administrators expected performance issues when connecting arrays of multiple high-capacity NAS HDDs, but this combination of firmware, hardware, and software features encourage seamless interoperability between each of the drives in your array. AgileArray technology reduces vibration, regulates power consumption, and accelerates error recovery.
Rotational Vibration (RV) Sensors
The latest IronWolf and IronWolf Pro NAS drives are also equipped with rotational vibration (RV) sensors. When you place a number of drives in a bay together, the combined vibration can sometimes create issues that reduce the lifespans of your drives. However, RV technology counteracts this potentially harmful vibration by noting and correcting any vibration before it becomes a problem. The result is drives that run more efficiently for longer.
Optimized for Around-the-Clock Operation
Many conventional NAS drives are optimized for intermittent usage throughout the day; server administrators tend to hedge against this somewhat inconvenient design feature by using SSD drives for “hot,” or commonly used data, and traditional HDDs for data that is used less frequently. However, the drives in the latest generation of the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series are optimized to be used at any time of day for as long as you want. Whether you’re accessing data remotely, or your team is working long hours, these next-gen drives will always be responsive and on-task.
IronWolf Health Management
The drives in the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series are compatible with Seagate’s IronWolf Health Management application. This comprehensive diagnostic tool allows server administrators to determine the nature of an issue with their IronWolf drives without having to resort to third-party tools that aren’t optimized specifically for the IronWolf series. When a fault occurs within one of your IronWolf drives, IronWolf Health Management will inform you of the exact nature of the problem, which allows you to act quickly to save both your drives and your critical data.
Both the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro series use write-back policy to cache data. This policy has extremely low latency, and it is ideal for write-intensive applications where you’re sending a lot of data to your NAS throughout the day. With this type of caching policy, data is written to the cache, and then input/output (I/O) completion is confirmed, which results in rapid and responsive caching.
The Pro Difference
While both the IronWolf and the IronWolf Pro series are jam-packed with innovative features that assist in the operation of your NAS system, there are a few significant differences between these two types of HDDs. For starters, the IronWolf Pro series is designed to be used in arrays of up to 24 drives, which provides much more room for expansion than is possible with normal IronWolf drives, which only support bays of eight drives or less. Also, each IronWolf Pro drive comes with a five-year warranty while IronWolf drives are only covered for three years.
In addition, the average time between failures for the IronWolf Pro series is 1.2 million hours while the IronWolf series only clocks in at 1 million hours. Drives in the Pro series are optimized for up to 300TB of use per year, but the IronWolf series has a workload rating of only 180TB per year. Perhaps most compellingly, each IronWolf Pro drive that you buy comes with two years of Seagate’s rescue recovery service. This means that when you opt for the feature-packed IronWolf Pro series, you’ll have access to professional data recovery services if you experience a drive failure within 24 months of purchase.
Application and Use Case
Both the 14TB IronWolf drive and the 14TB IronWolf Pro drive are ideal storage solutions for NAS applications. At this stage of the game, 14TB is hard to beat when it comes to storage capacity, and both of these HDD series come with impressive features. The IronWolf series is best suited for small businesses with less than 100 employees since array sizes are limited with this type of Seagate HDD. However, the IronWolf Pro series is ideal for small or medium businesses of up to 300 employees.