HGST Debuts Next-Gen 1.6 TB Ultrastar SSD

Posted on July 28, 2014 By Pedro Hernandez

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HGST, a subsidiary of hard drive manufacturer Western Digital, unveiled today the latest additions to its Ultrastar line of solid-state drives (SSDs) for enterprise cloud servers and storage arrays.

The new drives, Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, SSD1600MM and SSD1600MR, pack 20nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash chips from Intel. Incidentally, the chipmaker took the wraps off its Pro 2500 Series of SSDs for security-conscious businesses last week, also based on its own 20nm MLC tech.

Rob Crooke, vice president of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, said in a statement that the "The adoption of Intel 20nm enterprise-grade MLC NAND illustrates the commitment of both companies to continue to develop outstanding performance and endurance in the Ultrastar SAS SSD family."

For HGST, SAS SSDs help the company establish a foothold in the fast-growing market for enterprise flash solutions. The drives "continue to be the preferred storage building blocks for a large variety of server and storage systems that support a growing set of data-intensive enterprise applications," said HGST's Ulrich Hansen, vice president of SSD product marketing, in a statement. The companies have worked together to develop SAS SSDs since 2008.

Available in capacities of up to 1.6 TB in the Ultrastar SSD1600MM and SSD1600MR varieties, and 800 GB in the high-endurance SSD800MH.B version, the 12 Gbps SAS, 2.5-inch SSDs help HGST provide a storage building block for today's versatile storage infrastructures, according to the company.

As HGST's "OEM, cloud and enterprise customers implement solutions to meet a variety of storage needs," remarked Hansen, "SSDs and HDDs will increasingly be deployed in tiered pools of storage based on respective TCO strengths." His company is in a "unique position of offering a complete enterprise storage portfolio," he boasted.

The new Ultrastars ship with a 5-year warranty and a 2 million mean time between failure (MTBF) rating. Aimed at "tier zero" systems for finance, ecommerce, analytics and online transaction processing (OLTP), the SSD800MH.B can sustain 25 complete drive writes per day for up to five years, according to the company.

Performance wise, the drives all deliver sequential 4K read speeds of 1,100 MBps. Write speeds range from 700 MBps on the SSD1600MR to 765 MBps for the SSD1600MM. In terms of input/output operations per second (IOPS, random 4K), all drives can hit the 130,000 IOPS benchmark. Write IOPS top out at 110,000 with the SSD800MH.B model.

On the data security front, options include self-encrypting drives and instant secure erase. For environments that store sensitive information, HGST also offers drives with FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 certification.

HGST's Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, SSD1600MM and SSD1600MR are available now.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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