Hitachi GST said Monday that it shipped the Ultrastar C10K600, the industry's fastest and most power-efficient 10,000 RPM enterprise class HDD.
Crammed into a 2.5-inch form factor, the new drive uses a dual-port 6 Gb/s SAS interface and reportedly delivers up to 15-percent better random and 18-percent faster sequential performance than competing products. Hitachi also claims that the drive needs 22-percent less power during operation, and is the only one it its class to use a 64 MB cache to optimize the read/write response times.
According to Hitachi, the drive offers average seek times as low as 3.7-milliseconds while the fast rotational speeds reduce average latency time to 3.0-milliseconds. Other features include the optional Bulk Data Encryption for hard-drive-level data security, halogen-reduced components, Fluid Dynamic Bearing motors, Rotational Vibration Safeguard technology and more.
"The Ultrastar C10K600 is closely aligned with customer requirements for increased performance, improved server/storage density, greater power efficiency and lower total cost of ownership," said Brendan Collins, vice president of Product Marketing, Hitachi GST. "We are proud to establish new power and performance benchmarks with our latest Ultrastar drives, while delivering to customers the proven quality and reliability they have come to expect from Hitachi."
Hitachi said that the drives are now shipping worldwide and have been qualified by select OEMs. Although prices weren't provided, the drive will arrive in three capacities: 300 GB, 450 GB, and 600 GB.
main reason would be cost per GB...
SSD is FAST but most people won't be able to afford anything bigger than 128GB...
with magnetic drives, you still have fast access especially in RAID while having 300GB or more while having price that's more affordable than SSD....
Most of the 10k RPM and Server drives in general I've seen tend to last a good long while. Old ones might whine a bit, but so did the server drives back in the 90s that were 5400 and 7200 rpms. Heck, I still have some old SCSI drives from back then that still work.
The difference in price is huge. You shouldn't compare it with standard MLC based SSDs, as MLC based SSD would degrade very quickly with an enterprise server usage pattern. For the price of an SLC based SSD with comparable capacity and performance, you can probably buy a brand new (small) car. Not many companies are ready to shell out that much money.
Not many companies would
Absolutely, the ideal solution is usually a mix in my experience. With both deployed together you get a good rounded solution when it comes to accessing and storing data and still having a foot in both doors, so to speak.