Western Digital, the storage giant currently waging a 'campaign of harassment' against stricken Toshiba, has announced two new drives from different parts of its portfolio.
HGST has just announced the latest in its Ultrastar range of SAS based flash drives. The Ultrastar SS300 offers 12GB/s MLC NAND flash technology with sequential read/write speed of up to 2050MB/s aimed at enterprise markets, particularly data centres.
Offering 7.68TB of storage and an increased 2.5M hours minimum time between failures (MTBF), the SS300 is aimed at reliability, with a choice of endurance choices from between 0.5 to 10 drive writes per day.
It also offers a self-encrypting model, with FIPS 140-2 certification and standard security features including Instant Secure Erase (ISE).
There is also a 14-watt power envelope that can provide a turbo-boost and an ultra-low power setting for more economical running.
"Today, we raise the bar with our newest 12Gb/s SAS SSD, the Ultrastar SS300," said Ulrich Hansen, vice president of SSD product marketing at Western Digital.
"Built with high-endurance 3D NAND flash memory, the Ultrastar SS300 offers best-in-class speed, outstanding capacity and intelligent power options that enable customers to tailor storage systems and server solutions that are just right for their demanding needs. These benefits are delivered with the same tremendous reliability that has helped to make Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSDs popular around the globe."
HGST recently added a 12TB edition to its Heliostar range of helium filled platter drives, and is currently running both architectures side by side, arguing that elasticated hybrid systems offer the best balance between performance and value for money.
Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst, Forward Insights adds, "SAS SSD adoption continues to see strong growth across a variety of critical enterprise applications. Western Digital's newest 12Gb/s SAS SSD, the Ultrastar SS300, offers the optimum balance of performance, capacity and cost for the most demanding workloads."
The SS300 is currently testing with OEM partners with a view to full release later in the year.
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