Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has announced that its Ultrastar enterprise-class solid state drive (SSD) family is the industry’s first to use 25-nanometer (nm) single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash. The Ultrastar SSD400S.B family combines Hitachi’s enterprise hard disk drive (HDD) capabilities with Intel for developing high-endurance SLC NAND flash memories. The drives also conform to the Trusted Computing Group’s Enterprise, a Security Subsystem Class encryption specification, helping customers protect sensitive data, and reduce the costs associated with drive retirement and reuse.

“Security is a growing concern among enterprise customers, especially those in financial services, e-commerce and online transaction processing,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, Hitachi GST. “Our solid state drives are designed to deliver the highest level of performance, while reducing total cost of ownership.  With our new 25nm SLC SSDs, our enterprise customers now have the highest level of data protection in an SSD without compromising system performance, reliability and endurance.”

Hitachi GST launches new Ultrastar Solid State Drives

Hitachi GST launches new Ultrastar Solid State Drives

The new Ultrastar SSD400S.B family is available in 100GB, 200GB and 400GB capacities, and features 2.5-inch 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface. Working in collaboration with Intel, the Ultrastar SSD400S.B family combines enterprise-grade NAND flash, proprietary endurance firmware and power loss management techniques to extend the reliability, endurance and sustained performance of the new SSD family. 

The 400GB SSD can endure up to 35 petabytes (PB) of random writes over the life of the drive, which is the equivalent of writing 19.2TB/day for five years, ensuring better utilization and reliability in demanding enterprise environments. For complete end-to-end data protection and reliability, the Ultrastar SSD400S family includes advanced data integrity and power loss management technologies that are tied with industry standards to ensure compatibility in multi-tiered SSD/HDD system designs.

The new Ultrastar SSD400S.B family delivers the industry’s highest SSD sequential throughput, up to 536MB/s read and 502 MB/s write throughput with 6Gb/s SAS. The new drive also delivers up to 57,500 read and 25,500 sustained write IOPS, reaching speeds 100 times faster than traditional hard drives, resulting in better response times and operational efficiency. As fewer SSDs are required to achieve the same HDD ultra-high performance, the new Ultrastar SSD400S.B family offers significant value in terms of IOPS per Watt, while reducing TCO through low power consumption, efficient cooling and reduced space requirements.

Hitachi GST has already shipped and is currently qualifying its Ultrastar SSD400S.B drives with select OEMs. Broader qualification samples are now available with product ramp scheduled in 1H12. The Ultrastar SSD400S.B comes with or without an encryption option and is backed by a five-year limited warranty, or the maximum petabytes written (based on capacity). For more information, click here.

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