Western Digital Extends Enterprise Storage Portfolio With Speedy HGST SSDs And Capacious 12TB Helium HDD

Enterprise clients are benefiting from an end-of-year rush by storage makers to push out next-generation solid state drive and hard disk drive solutions. We saw it at the beginning of the week when Micron unveiled an 8TB SSD, and not to be outdone, Western Digital today announced the expansion of its data center SSD and HDD lineup, among them an 8TB SSD of its own.

Actually, it's labeled as 7.68TB, but why quibble over data measurements? In any event, that's the top capacity option in WD's HGST-branded Ultrastar SN200 series PCIe-based SSD line (there are several other capacity options available starting at 800GB). It's available in choice of half-height, half-length and 2.5-inch form factors. The blistering fast drive is rated to reach sequential read and write speeds of up to 6,100MB/s and 2,200MB/s, respectively in the HH-HL form factor, and up to 3,300MB/s and 2,100MB/s for the 2.5-inch variant.

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WD also announced its new HGST Ultrastar SS200 SAS enterprise-class SSD line. These 2.5-inch SFF drives also scale to 7.68TB, along with several smaller capacity options starting at 480GB. WD is aiming these at budget-conscious data center clients.

Performance isn't quite as bold as the SN200 drives, though still impressive—sequential read and writes top out at 1,800MB/s and 1,000MB/s, respectively. The drives also leverage WD's latest generation Guardain Technology platform to improve performance and reliability.

Finally, there's the new 12TB Ultrastar He12 helium hard drive. This is WD's fourth generation helium HDD and it features an industry-first eight-disk design, allowing it to reach a record setting 12TB capacity using PRM technology in a standard 3.5-inch form factor (WD's planning a 14TB SMR version).

This one comes in with either a SAS or SATA interface. Both have a 256MB cache buffer, 7,200 rotational speed, and a sustained transfer rate of 255MB/s.

"We have raised the bar in enterprise storage with our most advanced and highest capacity enterprise class SAS SSD, NVMe SSD, and HDD solutions to date," said Mark Grace, senior vice president of devices at Western Digital. "The unparalleled performance of the new Ultrastar SN200 Series NVMe PCIe solution brings outstanding responsiveness and throughput to even the most demanding data center applications, while our new Ultrastar SS200 Series SSD delivers the ideal balance of speed and capacity to the high volume workloads and critical applications that are best addressed by the capabilities of SAS SSDs. Additionally, the He12 HDD is a great addition to our enterprise hard drive family, leveraging the HelioSeal platform to deliver the highest capacity with exceptional power efficiency."

WD has begun sampling its HGST Ultrastar SN200 NVme SSDs, Ultrastar SS200 SAS SSDs, and 12TB Ultrastar He12 HDD to select customers and expects general availability in the first quarter of next year.

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