After years of research and experimentation, Western Digital has reported a breakthrough in their quest for ultra-high capacity hard disk drives. WD has been working on a technology to meet the demands of Big Data as they came up with MAMR (Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording) technology. The MAMR HDDs were demonstrated at the Innovating to Fuel the Next Decade of Big Data event. Professor Jimmy Zhu, the inventor of MAMR, was also present. President and Chief Operation Officer of Western Digital Mike Cordano did not hide his elation at this groundbreaking progress.
Mike said, “Our ground-breaking advancement in MAMR technology will enable Western Digital to address the future of high capacity storage by redefining the density potential of HDDs and introduce a new class of highly reliable, ‘ultra-high capacity’ drives,” said Mike Cordano, President and Chief Operating Officer at Western Digital.” Talking about Western Digital’s helium-filled drives HelioSeal, he said, “Since then, we have shipped more than 20 million helium drives. That type of leadership and innovation continues today and we aim to leverage it well into the future. MAMR is one of two energy-assisted technologies that Western Digital has been developing for years.”
The MAMR hard disk drives will start getting shipped to data centers in 2019.