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October 12, 2009

Hitachi launches two new hard drives for enterprise storage application

To protect sensitive data and comply with privacy and data protection

By CBR Staff Writer

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) has launched two new 15,000RPM Ultrastar hard drives for Tier 0/1 enterprise storage applications. The new drives include the Ultrastar C15K147, an 15,000RPM, 2.5-inch 6Gb/s serial attached SCSI (SAS) hard drive, and the new 600GB Ultrastar 15K600, the company’s fourth generation 3.5-inch drive with either 6Gb/s SAS or 4Gb/s Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FCAL) interfaces.

Hitachi said that to help enterprises protect sensitive data and comply with privacy and data protection regulations, it offers self-encrypting, enterprise-class hard drives as an option across all of its 10,000 and 15,000 RPM Ultrastar drives.

The company claims that the 600GB Ultrastar 15K600 offers capacity in a 15,000RPM 3.5-inch form factor, which gives 33% more storage space. Offered in a 6Gb/s SAS or 4Gb/s FCAL interface, it provides the reliability and performance required for I/O-intensive applications such as business processing, decision support, online transaction processing and multi-user applications. It also features a cache buffer at 64MB. The product is available in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities.

According to Hitachi, the new 2.5-inch Ultrastar C15K147 delivers 70% more space efficiency compared to standard 3.5-inch enterprise hard drives, allowing system integrators and OEMs to pack performance drives into compact servers for space-constrained data centers. The product is available in 73GB and 147GB capacities and features a 64MB cache buffer.

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Brendan Collins, vice president of marketing at Hitachi GST, said: “Both of our new Ultrastar 15K RPM enterprise drives give our customers the ability to build out denser storage systems for their customers with better performance and lower power without the expense of adding more racks or data center floor space.

“With our proven Ultrastar designs and full portfolio of 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch enterprise drives, our customers can continue to benefit from the improved total cost of ownership (TCO) that we help deliver to the data center.”

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