Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST) has unveiled the Ultrastar SSD400M, a multi-level cell (MLC) flash storage device designed for the enterprise market.
The 2.5in drive was launched at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, and is Hitachi branded but uses Intel's 25nm enterprise grade MLC NAND flash technology.
One of the key features of the drive is the I/O performance, which is rated at 495Mbit/s for reading and 385Mbit/s for writing. Hitachi GST also touted the drive's reliability and stable power consumption.
John Fox, head of Hitachi GST's enterprise business in EMEA, told V3 that the Ultrastar SSD400M is suitable for web-driven processing and cloud storage, and is "perfect for Tier 0 enterprise storage and server environments".
The release rounds out the company's SSD drive portfolio by adding MLC models to its existing single-level cell (SLC) range.
The Ultrastar SSD400M has a 6Gbit/s SAS interface and is available in 200GB and 400GB capacities.
"The sweet spot is currently 200GB, but I expect this to increase to 400GB in the next 12 to 18 months," said Fox.
Security comes in the form of optional Trusted Computing Group-certified Enterprise A grade self-encryption, and the drive also supports traditional RAID modes.
MLC is around half the price of SLC, but offers considerably less write endurance. The Ultrastar SSD400M has a write endurance of 7.3PB for its lifetime, equivalent to 10 full drive writes a day for five years.
The Ultrastar SSD400M is shipping now to "big name OEMs", and production shipping will start in September.
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