HGST Debuts 12 Gb/s SAS Solid State Drives

HGST has expanded its lineup of enterprise class solid state drives (SSDs) with the Ultrastar SSD800MH, SSD800MM and SSD1000MR. These drives are the first in the industry to offer 12 Gb/s SAS interface and are designed for the “most demanding applications” such as “high-frequency trading, online banking, cloud computing and big data analytics.”

The three new drives are based on enterprise grade 25 nm MLC NAND memory, conform to Trusted CG's Enterprise A Security Class encryption specifications, and offer some very impressive performance figures, including read and write speeds of 1,200 MB/s and 750 MB/s, respectively, on the SSD800MH.

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ModelUltrastar SSD800MHUltrastar SSD800MMUltrastar SSD1000MR
Capacity200 GB / 400 GB / 800 GB200 GB / 400 GB / 800 GB250 GB / 500 GB / 1,000 GB
InterfaceSAS 12 Gb/sSAS 12 Gb/sSAS 12 Gb/s
NAND Type25 nm MLC25 nm MLC25 nm MLC
Read Speed1,200 MB/s1,150 MB/s1,200 MB/s
Write Speed750 MB/s700 M/s700 M/s
Read IOPS145,000145,000145,000
Write IOPS100,00070,00020,000
MBTF2 million hours2 million hours2 million hours
Drive Writes / Day25102
Annual Failure Rate0.44 percent0.44 percent0.44 percent

"With the industry's highest SAS SSD performance, three endurance-level options, high-capacity and proven reliability, HGST offers the most-advanced 12Gb/s SAS SSDs for the enterprise where it is critical SSDs and HDDs integrate seamlessly in tiered storage environments for optimal efficiency," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "Combining more than 50 years of design and qualification experience with proven HGST SAS implementation across interface hardware and firmware, HGST's new line of MLC SSDs provides simple, scalable and flexible solutions that ensure system compatibility and ease of integration into new or existing enterprise storage systems and designs."

HGST is currently qualifying the latest expansions to its Ultrastar range with “select OEMs” with broader qualification samples to be available with channel distribution in June 2013. Though the drives’ pricing and availability is still unknown, HGST has announced that they will be backed by either a five-year limited warranty or the maximum petabytes written.

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  • jaber2
    I likey
  • ShadyHamster
    I'll take a couple of them 1tb drives thanks!
  • Marco925
    HGST's new range of Ultrastar Drives are the industry's first 12 Gb/s SAS Solid State Drives. And they are expensive.

    There, I fixed it!
  • anti-painkilla
    Would be interesting to see the retail prices even though no one would actually pay that price.