Seagate announces SkyHawk AI powered hard disk drive

Artificial Intelligence(AI) is the next big thing and is now being integrated into most of the home appliances and even smartphones these days. Now, Seagate has announced AI-powered hard disk drive(HDD), SkyHawk. This is the first drive created specifically for AI enabled video surveillance solutions. SkyHawk AI provides bandwidth and processing power to manage always-on, data-intensive workloads, while simultaneously analyzing and recording footage from multiple HD cameras.

Analytics on video surveillance hardware is growing exponentially, forecasted to increase from 27.6 million shipments in 2016 to 126 million shipments in 2021, as hardware manufacturers continue to include analytics sensors on network video recorders. This will only increase as AI particularly deep learning and machine learning applications, such as facial recognition and analyzing irregularities in behavior become increasingly prevalent. In parallel, the need for fast video analytics will continue to rise, increasing the workload burden on NVR storage. Seagate announces SkyHawk AI powered hard disk driveSkyHawk AI is ideal for intensive computational workloads that typically accompany AI work streams, as its high throughput and enhanced caching deliver low latency and excellent random read performance to quickly locate and deliver video images and footage analysis. This enables on-the-edge decision making, eliminating the latency of exchanging cloud-based data and processing. Equipped with Seagate ImagePerfect AI firmware, the drive reliably records high quality, sharp video footage with no dropped frames, while simultaneously facilitating AI-enabled NVR analytics ensuring that intelligence gathered through video surveillance footage is not lost.

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Pricing and Availability

SkyHawk AI is now shipping to customers worldwide through authorized distributors. The SkyHawk AI hard drive is available in 10TB and 8TB capacities and are available for Retail Price of $449.99 and $349.99, respectively. Every SkyHawk AI drive is covered by a 5-year limited warranty and is bundled with a 2-year coverage from Seagate Rescue Services.

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