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HGST announces 10,000 RPM drive with 1.8TB capacity

For those with the need for speed
Wed Jul 09 2014, 17:03
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HGST HAS ANNOUNCED the Ultrastar C10K1800, a data centre hard drive running at 10,000 RPM.

The Western Digital subsidiary's latest hard drive has a 12GBps SAS interface and a standard 2.5in form factor with 1.8TB capacity, which is a 50 percent capacity increase for 10K RPM drives, the company claims.

The drive sees performance benchmarks improved by two and a half times over previous generations of 10K drives in random write performance and 23 percent improvements in sequential performance.

There is a seven percent power-saving over previous 10K drives, while format compatibility has been improved with the addition of 4096 byte native sector sizing, along with support for 512 byte emulation as well as the legacy 512 byte native.

"Our customers continue to contend with explosive data growth, balancing disparate application loads, while needing to improve data center space and power efficiencies," said Brendan Collins, VP of product marketing for HGST.

"By fusing unmatched capacity with ultimate performance in the same drive, the Ultrastar C10K1800 offers the optimal balance of capacity, performance and cost. We expect our customers to use the Ultrastar C10K1800 with a complement of SSDs and 15K performance HDDs in tiered pools of storage."

The drive comes with a five-year limited warranty, and has a 2 million hour Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating and a 0.44 percent annualised failure rate (AFR).

There are a variety of extra security options including Instant Secure Erase (ISE), Trusted Computing Group (TCG) enterprise SSC-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SED), and TCG enterprise SED with FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 certification, Level 2.

Last year, HGST became the first company to release a helium filled drive, which increases capacity and lowers running costs. It also released the first 9mm laptop drive with 1.5TB capacity.

The drive is now shipping and being qualified by OEMs with a FIPS certified edition that will be available from January 2015. µ


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