Seagate has announced that it will simplify its Barracuda line of hard drives. This simplification flags off with volume shipments of the Barracuda hard drive carrying 1TB-per-disk being carried out. The company also plans to bid goodbye to the Barracuda Green drive, by next year (sometime in February). Barracuda drives delivering higher performance with almost similar power-consumption (compared to energy efficient desktop drives) is the reason for this move. Moreover, its fastest drive, the Barracuda XT gets a re-entry into the clan, as a desktop solid state hybrid drive.
“A simpler desktop drive product family is exactly what Seagate customers are asking for,” said Rajesh Khurana, Country Manager India & SAARC, Seagate Technology. “The new Barracuda family reflects the reality that end-users want a full range of hard drive capacities and as much performance as we can give them to help manage and store massive amounts of digital content. In addition, our OEM and channel customers want to reduce overhead costs by having fewer product lines to qualify and manage in their inventory.”
The series now shows off a storage space ranging from 50GB to a gigantic 3TB. Available this month, the new hard drive can be used in towers, home and small business servers, NAS devices and more. The spec sheet reveals SATA 6GB/sec interface, up to 64 MB cache and 7200 rpm. It also incorporates the SmartAlign technology along with the new 4K standard for stronger error correction algorithms.
The streamlining of the line-up is being done to help the consumers find the right product and also reduce costs for OEMs and distribution channel.