Toshiba Storage Device Division said Thursday (pdf) that its MBF series of enterprise-class 2.5-inch hard drives is now shipping. This new line uses an SAS 6Gbps interface, a 16 MB buffer, and features a spin rate of 10,025 RPM. The MBF series also provides the largest capacity SFF Enterprise HDD solutions on the market today: 300 GB, 450 GB, and 600 GB.
"The MBF series builds upon the inherent lower power consumption design of 2.5-inch HDDs using an enhanced power condition state to reduce drive spin when not in use, thereby lowering power consumption significantly," the company said. "Certain models of the MBF series also offer an option of drive-based encryption designed to the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Enterprise Security Subsystem Class specification."
Toshiba said that companies benefit from the MBF series because they can reduce data center floor space requirements, and lower storage infrastructure and management costs. The drives also offer reliability and high performance thanks to transfer rates of up to 216 MB/sec. They're also ideal outside the corporation, operating more efficiently in a broad range of conditions and environments.
According to the company, the new MBF line is on the way to OEMs and distributors including Avnet, Bell Micro, Ingram Micro, and more.