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Enterprise drive stores 450Gbyte of data

Posted: 22 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Ultrastar 15K450

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) has released the Ultrastar 15K450, an enterprise hard drive that uses perpendicular magnetic recording technology to deliver 450Gbyte of storage, currently the highest available capacity in 15,000RPM enterprise-class HDDs. The new device is designed for mission-critical server and storage applications, such as online transaction processing, intensive database queries and other multi-user applications.

Hitachi tests indicate that Ultrastar 15K450 provides a 30 percent improvement of in sequential throughput over its predecessor. The drive features average seek times as low as 3.3ms and the fast rotational speeds reduce average latency time to 2ms, enabling customers to access data more quickly and efficiently. The new drive will ship with either 3Gbit/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel interfaces.

The Ultrastar 15K450, which is built on a mature design platform to ensure greater reliability and reduced qualification times, offers a host of industrial-strength technology for proven reliability in mission-critical, server-class environments. Technologies such as fluid dynamic bearing motors deliver a low acoustic rating and improved data integrity, and Rotational Vibration Safeguard technology anticipates disturbances that can occur in multi-drive configurations and counteracts them. In addition, the Ultrastar 15K450 uses Hitachi's patented head load/unload ramp to minimize integration induced drive damage.

"With the higher capacity and performance of the Ultrastar 15K450, enterprises are able to address their throughput requirements using fewer drives, which reduces three things; the cost of ownership, the datacenter's footprint and overall power requirements," said Dean Amini, director, enterprise market and strategy, HGST. "Coupled with our intensive testing and quality assurance process, the Ultrastar 15K450 offers the highest available performance and reliability for mission-critical computing environments."

The Ultrastar 15K450 will be shipping this quarter to customers worldwide.

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