Western Digital’s new OptiNAND storage infrastructure puts a lot of potential on a single plate.

Announced today at HDD Remix Virtual Event, OTTN combines Western digital hard disk and flash technologies to compress your hard drive even more. The new architecture stores hard drive metadata in a flash drive instead of a DRM, which translates to a higher storage capacity per disk, faster performance cache in the cache and reduced data loss in the event of a power outage.

He also launched the first product to use Western Digital Optend nine Disk, 20TB hard drive. The seller expects to produce 50 TB of drive capacity by 2030.

Every business on all vertical lines is experiencing data growth, and all that information must be stored somewhere, ”said Siva Sivara, president of Western Digital Global Technology and Strategy. Although businesses can download data to the cloud, that data still goes to the cloud provider or the hyperscaler database. Dender drivers, cloud providers and hyperscalers can reduce their footprint, Sirara said.

We talk in detail in the cloud and in virtual machines, but at the end of the day it has to be copied a bit.

Siva SivaramPresident of World Technology and Strategy, Western Digital

“We talk about routing in clouds and virtual machines,” says Sivara. But at the end of the day, it has to be copied a bit.

OptiNAND integrates HDD with iNAND flash, but not hybrid drive. The flash drive included in Optend HDD does not store data and instead focuses on capturing critical metadata for the hard drive operations of the drive arm information and instructions. When HDDs are full, they basically generate gigabytes of metadata, which performs “home management” functions.

Downloading metadata for lightning provides some benefits to customers. First, there is more space for user data on the disk itself. Second, retrieving metadata from flash is faster than HDD and does not force any interest on the hard drive itself. Third, the flash drive provides 100 MB of cache to drain data during a power outage, which reduces data loss.

Western Digital competes with other storage manufacturers such as Segate and Toshiba, and its product lineup includes both HDDs and solid-state drives. OptiNAND technology will be used in all Western digital HDDs in the future.

An important chapter, but not a big difference

According to Eric Bergenner, vice president of research at ADC, OptiNAND is a major milestone in the development of Western digital flash and hard drive capabilities. In terms of capacity, performance, and safety benefits, there is little difference in performance between cache-enabled and disabled modes with OptiNAND, the latter being outdated. This eliminates the need for a balanced manager to make a balanced decision between delays and data loss, Burgen said.

The first product to use Western Digital OPTN is nine disks, 20 TB drives.

The only downside to using a built-in flash drive for metadata is longevity, Bergenner said. Drums are dynamic, but when it comes to writing, they have an endless lifespan. Flash, but degrading in every text. Western Digital said it was designed for this and that most of the solid-state storage in OptiNAND is a high-end single-stage flash (SLC) flash.

Every hard drive manufacturer is targeting high-capacity hard drives, so while Optend is a technology hub, Western Digital does not offer significant market differentiation from its competitors. Toshiba says it already has 20 TB hard drives on the road map.

The differences are in the technology that vendors use to achieve greater HDD confidence, and these differences are less likely for customers, Burgen said. Instead, they evaluate products in terms of delay, reliability and cost, and Western Digital OptiNAND vehicles do not offer significant benefits compared to their competitors, Bergenner said.

“Horse and passenger are not that big of a difference,” says Bergenner.

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