HGST announced that it is shipping a new family of high-performance, high-capacity, 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), 15K RPM enterprise-class hard disk drives (HDD) – the Ultrastar C15K600 family. Delivering best-in-class performance and capacity in one streamlined solution, the new Ultrastar C15K600 family enables higher density and higher performing servers, blades and network storage arrays all while reducing space requirements, lowering cooling costs and improving total cost of ownership (TCO).
The demand for more efficient storage continues to grow as IT and facilities collide, creating the need for a better balance between capacity, performance, physical space and energy usage. To bridge this gap, customizing and tiering infrastructure workloads and tuning HDDs and SSDs by application and function will help data center managers more efficiently handle ever-increasing amounts of data.
Supporting demanding 24/7 enterprise workloads like on-line transaction processing and intensive data analytics, the Ultrastar C15K600 delivers the highest 15K HDD performance in the industry. This is achieved through several innovations, including HGST’s media caching technology, which provides a large caching mechanism for incoming data resulting in significantly enhanced write performance over solutions with limited NAND or flash-based non-volatile cache (NVC). The result is two times better random write performance than current generation 2.5-inch 15K drives, and two and a half times better performance than 3.5-inch 15K drives. It is also the only 2.5-inch enterprise-class HDD family to feature a SAS 12Gb/s interface for reliable data throughput and a 128MB cache buffer for optimized read/write response time for reliable high-performance computing.
By doubling the capacity of current generation 2.5-inch 15K drives, and matching the highest capacity point of 3.5-inch 15K drives, the Ultrastar C15K600 easily keeps pace with the need for improved storage density. Its 600GB capacity match further enables enterprise customers to transition from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch HDD platforms while benefitting from other gains such as higher performance and lower power. For example, when faced with power limitations, the Ultrastar C15K600 drive’s 2.5-inch SFF, along with HGST Advanced Power Management technology, provides up to a 55 percent improvement in active power and 54 percent improvement in idle power consumption over HGST’s current 3.5-inch 15K HDDs.