Hitachi GST Ships High Performance 10K Hard Drive

Hitachi GST Ships High Performance 10K Hard Drive

Hitachi GST introduced its new Ultrastar C10K900 enterprise drive family. The Ultrastar C10K900 features a high-performance SAS 6Gb/s interface and a 64MB cache buffer to optimize the read/write response time. The new Ultrastar drives feature average seek times as low as 3.8 milliseconds, and a reduced average latency time below 3.0 milliseconds. In addition to performance, the drive also offers power efficiency by consuming up to 65 percent less power than similar 3.5-inch enterprise drives. The Ultrastar C10K900 family is available in 900GB, 600GB, 450GB and 300GB capacities. Hitachi GST is now shipping Ultrastar C10K900 qualification units and expects to offer volume shipments in Q1 2012.

Hitachi GST Ships the Fastest 10K Hard Drive

Company Ships New 900GB Ultrastar C10K900 2.5-inch Enterprise Hard Drive Family, the Highest Performance, Most Power Efficient 10K HDD for Tier 1 Enterprise Networked Storage Arrays, Blades and Other Rack-mounted Servers

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced that it is now shipping its new Ultrastar C10K900 enterprise drive family. Continuing its quality and performance leadership, the Ultrastar C10K900 leads the industry with 18 percent faster sequential and up to 17 percent faster random performance than the nearest competitor¹. It also features a high-performance SAS 6Gb/s interface for reliable data throughput and packs a 64MB cache buffer to optimize the read/write response time. The new Ultrastar drives feature average seek times as low as 3.8 milliseconds, and its fast rotational speed reduces average latency time to below 3.0 milliseconds, enabling customers to access data more quickly and efficiently.

As the company’s fourth-generation, small form factor enterprise hard drive, the Ultrastar C10K900 also hits the industry’s highest 10K capacity point at 900GB, delivering more capacity for less space for greater configuration flexibility. The new Ultrastar C10K900 family is available in 900GB, 600GB, 450GB and 300GB capacities.

Built using proven Hitachi power management technology, the Ultrastar C10K900 continues to deliver industry-leading low power specifications, up to 28 percent lower than competing drives. This is of primary importance in today’s data centers, which translates into reduced power requirements and lower cooling costs. Hitachi Advanced Power Management technology, with multi-state idle modes, maintains compatibility with the INCITS T10 Technical Committee industry standards and can be pre-programmed or manually initiated in the system. The Advanced Power Management implementation in the Ultrastar C10K900 delivers superior random read/write operating power specification of 5.8 watts and idle mode of 3.0 watts. Ultrastar C10K900 continues Hitachi’s tradition of environmental leadership with its halogen-reduced components and focus on low power consumption, and carries the Hitachi EcoTrac™ classification.

“When combining the drive’s capacity, leading performance, low power and proven quality design, the Ultrastar C10K900 is the ideal choice for today’s enterprise-class servers and networked storage arrays,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, Hitachi GST. “Because of our quality reputation and commitment, we are thrilled to report that our enterprise drives continue to be recognized as a leader in quality and reliability by OEM customers worldwide. We are confident that with our new Ultrastar C10K900 drive family, Hitachi customers will continue to benefit from our field-proven platform, industry-leading technology, performance and high reliability.”

The Ultrastar C10K900 is designed to provide higher server/storage density through a compact 2.5-inch design, a low-power profile and improved thermal characteristics. The small form factor drive occupies 70 percent less physical space and consumes up to 65 percent less power than similar 3.5-inch enterprise drives. The Ultrastar C10K900 also delivers capacity parity with 3.5-inch 10K drives, providing massive 900GB of storage space in a smaller footprint. When faced with space and power limitations, the resulting higher density servers and storage arrays help reduce space requirements, lower cooling costs and improve total cost of ownership.

The Ultrastar C10K900 family features a Bulk Data Encryption option for hard drive-level data security. These self-encrypting models are designed to the Trusted Computing Group’s Enterprise A Security Subsystem Class encryption specification and allow customers to reduce costs associated with drive retirement and extend drive life by enabling swift and secure repurposing of drives.

Hitachi GST is now shipping Ultrastar C10K900 qualification units with volume shipments in Q1 2012.

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I wonder when HDD will run as fast as SSD and price is cheaper than SSD

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The short answer is never.

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Marco C:
The short answer is never.

Did you hear those bubbles burst?  "Pop!"

LOL!

 

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LOL Marco!

Long Answer:

You can RAID a WHOLE BUNCH of HDDs together and get Read and Write Speads on par or even faster than SSDs.

I have 5x 1.5TB HDDs in a RAID 5 and I get read speeds over 500MB/s

BUT!!! You will NEVER have the response time or IOPS of an SSD. It's just not gonna happen. Electricity is faster than spinning discs and mechanical arms :-P

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@JuicyFruitSweeT - Well said.

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Depending on price, this might actually be a better deal for businesses who want speed at a lower price.

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very cool, thought I am a bit surprised that manufactures are still making 10k RPM drive. With SSD's on the market they are a some what mute point. Though I guess i you needed a somewhat fast transfer rate and a larger capacity and price was a factor they might fit the bill.

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10k 900Gb hdd...niiice. me want a couple plz :)

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The tranfer rate on these is awesome i mean 6gbps thats nuts. It would seem from this article that hitachi is and has been the top producer in thie field for some time now. at first i thought it was for a compuer not a server.

Can anyone tell me the difference and why i couldnt use one in a computer or why i wouldn't want to?

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AKnudson:

The tranfer rate on these is awesome i mean 6gbps thats nuts. It would seem from this article that hitachi is and has been the top producer in thie field for some time now. at first i thought it was for a compuer not a server.

Can anyone tell me the difference and why i couldnt use one in a computer or why i wouldn't want to?

It uses a  (SAS 6Gb/s interface), most computers either use IDE (old), or some version of a SATA.

"Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a computer bus used to move data to and from computer storage devices such as hard drives and tape drives. SAS depends on a point-to-point serial protocol that replaces the parallel SCSI bus technology that first appeared in the mid 1980s in data centers and workstations, and it uses the standard SCSI command set. SAS offers backwards-compatibility with second-generation SATA drives. SATA 3 Gbit/s drives may be connected to SASbackplanes, but SAS drives may not be connected to SATA backplanes."-Wikipedia 

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YA what marco said xD. But i would love to have a nice fast hdd for my data drives too :D.

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I'm amazed that someone was able to make a 900GB 10K RPM drive; shame it's SAS only and going to cost more then a similar SSD but it proves there's still a market for this; even though the crisis in Thailand is going on this very moment.

Still, if somebody were to pick up two of these puppies and pair them together in a RAID configuration (if they made a SATA version of this) then they would have speeds the like of anybody never imagined; Just like what people were doing with the VelociRaptor 600GBs to make a drive that was cheap, fast and reliability. Even though SSD's have the advantage when it comes to speed, you can't admit that it makes you drool just a little bit.

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I too am surprised that a manufacturer bothered to produce a 10k drive... My guess would be that this is going to be a short lived market. SSD's will come down in price to the point that we won't be using mechanical drives at some point. Similar to what happened to the floppy disk. It is going to take a long time but I have no doubt that it will happen.

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Man i would love to upgrade to this. I need a new harddrive. But i would still like a SSD but those are so expensive

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