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Health management launch

The data storage product company Seagate Technology plc launched a new SkyHawk Health Management (SHM) feature at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security 2018 in Beijing.

It’s described as embedded drive monitoring software for data, prevention, intervention, and recovery with Seagate’s Skyhawk (pictured) and SkyHawk AI surveillance hard drives in Network Video Recorder (NVR) and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) uses. As launched last year it’s seen adoption by such surveillance product manufacturers as Hikvision, Dahua, Tiandy and Uniview. SHM is built on proprietary AI algorithms that analyse drive parameters, and enable end users to manage the health life of a drive. With information on operating and environmental conditions, SHM recommends preventive measures and possible interventions depending on drive health. SHM now integrates RAID RapidRebuild from Seagate. This is for a user to extract the intact data from the drive before beginning a RAID recovery. Only the unreadable data from the drive is rebuilt using the traditional RAID method. RAID RapidRebuild reduces system-level performance degradation so that the drive can be brought back online, the makers add.

Sai Varanasi, Seagate’s vice president of product line marketing said: “Already popular with surveillance vendors, this new version of SkyHawk Health Management integrates RAID RapidRebuild technology and can result in up to three times faster rebuilds, thus saving users lots of time and reducing outage risks. This gives vital peace of mind to customers seeking to protect data integrity in the RAID environment.”

The RAID RapidRebuild feature is available through SkyHawk Health Management on compatible surveillance systems. Visit


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