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Seagate launches SkyHawk AI 18 TB hard drive for AI-enabled and large enterprise smart video systems

Seagate Technology, the data storage and management solutions specialist, has released its 18 TB SkyHawk Artificial Intelligence (AI) drives. SkyHawk AI is badged as “the world’s first purpose-built hard drive for AI-enabled surveillance solutions” enabling quicker and smarter decisions.

The new drive supports deep learning and machine learning workload streams for Edge applications with ImagePerfectAI.

The capacity to retain more data over time is required for deep learning systems to become smarter and more accurate in their predictive analysis, while behavioural analysis requires significantly more data than traditional video capture. 

SkyHawk AI simultaneously sustains 32 AI streams alongside 64 video streams and supports multi-bay NVR and AI-enabled NVR. It offers a 550 TB/year workload rate, which is more than three times the workload rate of standard surveillance hard drives, in order to manage data deluge in complex video security system environments without sacrificing performance.

Put simply, this drive intelligently adapts between traditional video workloads and video+AI workloads.

“Seagate’s SkyHawk AI 18 TB video security system hard drive was designed for growing data demands to accommodate nodes of any size, thereby making it easy to scale from terabytes to petabytes,” explained Jeff Fochtman, senior vice-president of marketing and business at Seagate Technology. “With the SkyHawk AI 18 TB release, Seagate has presided over improvements in operational and analytical processes, providing faster access to video security footage when compared earlier versions.”

Built to meet the demands of an always-on large workload in an AI-enabled NVR system, SkyHawk AI 18 TB accommodates the recording and analysing of footage simultaneously from multiple cameras which equips customers with faster and smarter footage analysis by eliminating data latency and processing.

It includes three years of Seagate Rescue Services for additional peace of mind in the event of data loss or accident and a standard three-year limited warranty. 

*Further information is available online at www.seagate.com

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