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Seagate reveals 18TB AI surveillance drives

by Andy Clutton

Seagate Technology has announced that it is now shipping 18TB SkyHawk Artificial Intelligence drives in volume. SkyHawk AI is a purpose-built hard drive for artificial intelligence (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, and behaviour analysis requires significantly more data than traditional video capture. SkyHawk AI simultaneously sustains 32 AI streams alongside 64 video streams, supports multi-bay NVR and AI-enabled NVR and offers a 550TB/year workload rate, more than 3× the workload rate of standard surveillance hard drives in order to manage data deluge in complex video security system environments without sacrificing performance. This drive adapts between traditional video workloads and video+AI workloads.

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

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