Harvard Clean Energy Project Powered By HGST Enterprise Capacity Hard Drives
Leading Storage Provider's Reliable, High-Capacity Ultrastar™ Hard Drives Aid
In Storing/Accessing the Massive Volume of Critical Data for the Development
of Low-Cost, Plastic Solar Technology
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --HGST (formerly Hitachi Global
Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) is
partnering with the Harvard University Clean Energy Project (CEP) and
providing HGST enterprise-class Ultrastar hard drives to house the project's
research data. Harvard's CEP utilizes the World Community Grid, a distributed
volunteer computing platform, to computationally study millions of potential
chemical structures and identify the one that will enable the next-generation
of plastic solar cells. These cells will be cost-effective and easy to
manufacture in high volume in order to bring electricity to the estimated 2.5
billion people around the world living in rural areas without access to the
power grid. Harvard's CEP volunteers generate approximately 750 gigabytes (GB)
of data per day. Today, the project has stored 400 terabytes (TB) of data on
"The data we're creating will ultimately benefit mankind with cleaner energy
solutions," said Alan Aspuru-Guzik, who is an associate professor in the
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. "It is
mission critical that our data be stored safely. Accordingly, we designed our
Jabba storage arrays with built-in redundancies. But the key to the arrays'
performance is the use of reliable, high-capacity, and low-power storage from
HGST. We've filled nearly 150 HGST drives to this point and are currently
building Jabba5 and 6 to handle the enormous amount of data generated for the
"HGST is honored to be involved in the Harvard CEP program. We believe their
work has great potential for enabling the widespread deployment of solar
power," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at HGST.
"It's exciting to see that the efforts we have put into making sure our hard
drives provide world-class reliability will play a part in bringing
electricity to billions around the world and improving their quality of life."
Proven in 24x7, high-transaction computing environments, HGST Ultrastar
enterprise hard drives meet complex mission-critical storage and access needs
delivering performance and reliability you can trust with industry-leading
capacities up to 4TB. The 7,200 RPM Ultrastar family is one of the most
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offering a five-year limited warranty and rated for a 2.0 million hours MTBF
specification, resulting in a 40 percent lower annualized failure rate (AFR)
than enterprise drives rated at 1.2 million hours MTBF.
HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a
Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops advanced hard disk drives,
enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and
services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data.
Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a
broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile
Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in
2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more
information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hgst.com.
About the Harvard CEP
The Harvard CEP is a partnership between the Aspuru-Guzik Group and the IBM
World Community Grid that was launched to address the challenges associated
with formulating the chemical structure of novel high-performance organic
photovoltaics (OPVs) using computational materials science. Carbon-based solar
cells have emerged as interesting alternatives to traditional photovoltaic
technology. OPVs have great potential in two important areas: they promise
simple, low-cost/high-volume production as well as the prospect of merging the
unique flexibility and versatility of plastics with opto-electronic features.
These properties make OPVs a promising candidate to achieve the widespread
harvesting of solar energy.
One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion
bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and
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