Wednesday, July 26th 2017

Western Digital Introduces Ultrastar DC SS530 Dual-port SAS SSD

Western Digital Corporation, a data technology leader, today introduced the new Ultrastar DC SS530 SAS SSD, the company's highest-density drive and the fastest dual-port SAS SSD in the market¹, enabling server and storage array manufacturers to offer customers substantially lower data center TCO for Fast Data applications. By doubling maximum capacity of the previous generation to 15.36TB within the same 2.5-inch 15-mm form factor, drive storage density also doubles, giving IT managers the potential to reduce the number of drives deployed, consolidate servers and open up valuable rack space for improved CapEx and OpEx costs.

Developed in partnership with Intel , the Ultrastar DC SS530 is based on a trusted third-generation platform that has been previously qualified at most major OEMs worldwide. It offers consistent performance and reliability to meet the rigorous demands of today's toughest data center workloads. Designed with a 12Gb/s SAS interface, and available in capacities from 400GB to 15.36TB, the Ultrastar DC SS530 delivers up to 440,000 random read and 320,000 random write IOPS - providing rapid access to "hot" enterprise data for higher productivity and operational efficiency.
"Our proven history has garnered trust from leading server and storage system providers around the world. Through these partnerships we have deep expertise in tiered storage needs as well as the importance of delivering the highest reliability, cost-efficiency and ease of system integration," said Ulrich Hansen, vice president of Enterprise Product Management at Western Digital. "With the Ultrastar DC SS530, we are releasing another high-quality product designed to meet the needs of our customers. Built on 64L 3D TLC NAND, the Ultrastar SS530 delivers important advances in performance and power efficiency. Combining these improvements with the reliability that our Ultrastar drives have become known to represent significantly enhances the value we deliver to the market."

"For the past decade, our partnership with Western Digital has resulted in producing world-class SAS solutions, and this new Ultrastar SAS SSD is no different," said Bill Leszinske, vice president of strategic planning, marketing and business development at Intel Corporation. "Using Intel technology, Western Digital is able to deliver new improvements and features for their SAS SSD product line that will help their enterprise customers meet the demands for reliability, capacity and performance while reducing space, power and cooling costs."

Additional Ultrastar DC SS530 features and specifications:
  • Supports a wide range of workloads with three endurance options: 1, 3 and 10 DW/D
  • Provides flexibility to tune performance and power efficiency with three power modes: 9, 11 and 14 Watts
  • Helps protect data from unauthorized use and enables swift repurpose or retirement of drives with security options, including Secure Erase (SE), Instant-Secure Erase (ISE) and Self-Encrypting Drive (TCG SED). Models with TCG SED plus FIPS 140-2 validation are expected to be available in Q4 2018.
Western Digital is currently shipping Ultrastar DC SS530 samples to select OEM customers with broader availability later this quarter. The new drive further expands Western Digital's broad range of enterprise-class storage solutions, which include high-performance NVMe SSD devices, innovative HelioSeal enterprise hard disk drives as well as SAS and SATA SSD devices, IntelliFlash all-flash arrays, ActiveScale object storage systems, and Ultrastar storage servers and platforms.

For more information, visit the product page.
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12 Comments on Western Digital Introduces Ultrastar DC SS530 Dual-port SAS SSD

#1
Ubersonic
A HDD company releasing an SSD and trying to buff it's credibility byt tacking on a HDD name made famous by another HDD company who's IP they bought.

Gotta love it.
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PowerPC
Ubersonic said:
A HDD company releasing an SSD and trying to buff it's credibility byt tacking on a HDD name made famous by another HDD company who's IP they bought.

Gotta love it.
Who doesn't do that?

I need one of those 15.36TB drives for $300
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#3
StrayKAT
Ultrastar? That's been in WD's hands for years now. And even that was originally a fallout company from IBM's drive business.
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#4
VulkanBros
WD, IBM, Hitachi, HGST.....who cares what name is on it - as PowerPC said, we are on for $300 :toast: (and a SAS controller)
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#5
lexluthermiester
VulkanBros said:
we are on for $300 :toast: (and a SAS controller)
Add two zero's to that number and you'll be closer to the actual price.
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Caring1
Ubersonic said:
A HDD company releasing an SSD and trying to buff it's credibility byt tacking on a HDD name made famous by another HDD company who's IP they bought.

Gotta love it.
Are you saying Sandisk lack credibility? I've always found their SSD's reliable and cost effective.
I'm sure W.D. is putting their years of experience to good use since the merge.
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lexluthermiester
Caring1 said:
Are you saying Sandisk lack credibility? I've always found their SSD's reliable and cost effective.
I'm sure W.D. is putting their years of experience to good use since the merge.
This.
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Ubersonic
Caring1 said:
Are you saying Sandisk lack credibility?
No I'm saying that the Western Digital brand lacks credibility in the SSD market and that tacking on the IBM/Hitachi brand isn't going to help any (the post you quoted was quite clear).
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StrayKAT
Ubersonic said:
No I'm saying that the Western Digital brand lacks credibility in the SSD market and that tacking on the IBM/Hitachi brand isn't going to help any (the post you quoted was quite clear).
Well, for all intents and purposes, they really are Sandisk now.. but just keeping the WD as the main name. But WD as it actually was is gone. I suppose the part that's staying is the service, but they're jumping ship to Sandisk technology wise.
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lexluthermiester
StrayKAT said:
But WD as it actually was is gone.
Not quite. HDD's have reduced market share, but they aren't gone. Of all the storage drives we have in this house, 17 out 23 are HDD's. And that is fairly typical percentage of usage amoungst my client base. They are great for mass storage to compliment an SSD boot drive.
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#11
Prima.Vera
So it's this a 15TB SSD or a hybrid HDD with SSD caching?
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#12
StrayKAT
Prima.Vera said:
So it's this a 15TB SSD or a hybrid HDD with SSD caching?
SSD/SAS, but for data centers, I guess. A long time until we get consumer oriented 15TB (I'm waiting!).
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