Industry's first enterprise-class NAS to use helium-filled HDDs
We imagine Buffalo's TeraStation 7120r enterprise-class NAS box talks to end users in a funny high-pitched voice as they walk around holding the thing on a string like a balloon. None of that is true, of course, though it is the first NAS box of its kind to come with a belly stuffed full of 6TB HGST Ultrastar helium-filled hard drives, up to 72TB total capacity (TS-2RZH72T12).
The 12-bay RAID 2U rackmount NAS comes with an Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad-core processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, quad Intel NICs with 10-gigabit support, half a dozen USB 2.0 ports, redundant hot plug PSUs and fans, two PCi-Express expansion slots, and support for various RAID and storage configurations (RAID 0/1/5/6/10/51/61/JBOD).
"Buffalo has a proven track record of delivering products that utilize the latest technological advancements in the storage and networking sectors," said Brian Verenkoff, director of product management at Buffalo Americas, Inc. "We are excited to embrace HGST's revolutionary Ultrastar He6 helium-filled hard drives to offer the industry's largest capacity 2U NAS solution, with the goal of lowering TCO for high-capacity enterprise applications and datacenters."'
There are some TCO benefits to using HGST's helium HDDs compared to a typical 3.5-inch air-filled 5 platter 4TB HDD. They include 50 percent more capacity at 6TB, 23 percent lower idle power at 5.3W, 49 percent better watts-per-terabyte, 4-5C cooler operation, and 50g lighter weight at 640g.
These benefits don't come cheap. The TeraStation 7120r Enterprise 72TB TS-2RZH72T12D will be available in the U.S. for an estimated $20,000 MSRP.