Toshiba rolls out 600GB, 6Gbps SAS drives

By Kevin Komiega

-- Toshiba's Storage Device Division (SDD) has completed its acquisition of Fujitsu's hard disk drive (HDD) unit and is rolling out a line of enterprise-class, small form factor (SFF) 6Gbps SAS drives with self-encryption capabilities.

The 2.5-inch Toshiba MBF drives are available in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities with a spin speed of 10,025rpm and a 6Gbps SAS interface. The drives are Toshiba's first enterprise-class self-encrypting drive (SED) devices.

Toshiba also claims that the energy consumption characteristics of 2.5-inch SFF HDDs give its MBF drives a leg up on traditional HDDs in terms of power consumption. The new drives consume up to 28% less power than 3.5-inch HDDs due to a new "enhanced power condition state," which enables the HDD to spin at a lower rpm when not in use. 

The 600GB drives are a direct result of Toshiba's acquisition of Fujitsu's enterprise HDD business and signal Toshiba's official entry into the enterprise HDD market, according to Joel Hagberg, vice president of enterprise marketing for Toshiba's Storage Device Division.

"This is the first enterprise product release since we completed the acquisition last October," says Hagberg. "Toshiba has traditionally been focused on consumer-level SFF HDDs. The acquisition and this release accelerate our transition to the enterprise SFF HDD space."

Hagberg believes 600GB capacity points will put 2.5-inch SFF drives over the top as the form factor of choice for the data center.

"Server vendors have already switched to SFF drives, but for external storage 600GB drives are the inflection point," he says.

The Toshiba MBF product line will ship in volume in April 2010. Hagberg says major OEMs are now qualifying the drives.

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This article was originally published on February 18, 2010