Tuesday, December 13th 2011

Hitachi Debuts the Ultrastar C10K900 10,000 RPM Hard Drives

Following yesterday's announcement of two 4TB consumer hard drives, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has today unveiled a little something for the enterprise market, the Ultrastar C10K900 series. This new line includes 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB and 900 GB HDDs which feature a 2.5-inch form factor, a SAS (Serial attached SCSI) 6.0 Gbps interface, 64 MB of cache, an average seek times of 3.8 milliseconds, an average latency of 3.0 ms, and an operating/idle power draw of 5.8/3.0 W. A Bulk Data Encryption option will also be available on specific models.

According to Hitachi, its new Ultrastar drives deliver 18% higher sequential and up to 17% higher random performance than the nearest competitor, and are perfect for Tier 1 enterprise networked storage arrays, or for blades and other rack-mounted servers.

The Ultrastar C10K900 hard drives have begun shipping in small quantities but they'll go into volume production in Q1 2012.
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9 Comments on Hitachi Debuts the Ultrastar C10K900 10,000 RPM Hard Drives

#1
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
900GB? Looks like something from Odd Sizes Are Us, lol. :)
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#2
Drone
10K? Good god, why?!
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repman244
by: Drone
10K? Good god, why?!
And why not if I may ask?
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: repman244
And why not if I may ask?
Because of SSDs, perhaps? However, in an enterprise setting, mechanical hard drives might actually be preferable, as they might be more reliable, as odd as that may seem.
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repman244
by: qubit
Because of SSDs, perhaps? However, in an enterprise setting, mechanical hard drives might actually be preferable, as they might be more reliable, as odd as that may seem.
I know, that's why I asked. SSD's are starting to appear in the enterprise as well, but still a large portion of the drives sold are mechanical drives because of it's price and reliability.
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#6
Drone
^ Yes my slightly exaggerated emotion kinda tried to say that SSD would be more efficient (especially power efficient). Especially pcie SSD, because SSD with sas would just bottleneck.
I've seen a video how PowerEdge servers use PCIe SSD with Samsung green memory, quite impressive.
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#7
Swansen
these are essentially WD Raptors right?
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Jizzler
by: qubit
Because of SSDs, perhaps? However, in an enterprise setting, mechanical hard drives might actually be preferable, as they might be more reliable, as odd as that may seem.
Sometimes we have to justify the cost too ;) Boss isn't always on holiday with the mistress.

Also, it's not an either/or thing. Currently you'll find a lot of hybrid setups with both SSD and MHD. These would be good compliment drives in those situations. Good main drives in other situations too.

Once those 1TB+ PCIe SSDs drop (a lot) in price, the decision will get easier :D
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by: Swansen
these are essentially WD Raptors right?
Spindle speed-wise? Yeah, both 10.000 RPM. Other than that, with different read-write speeds, capacity and especially the SCSI (SAS) architecture which can handle more input/outputs easier. :)