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HGST Shipping C15K600 HDD Line For Enterprise Storage

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

HGST has announced a new series of high performance hard disk drives (HDDs), the Ultrastar C15K600 series. The new series of enterprise-class 2.5 inch 15K drives aim at increasing performance expectations of HDD storage while maintaining the low total cost of ownership (TCO) one expects with hard disk options.

"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," according to HGST's press release. "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."

The Ultrastar C15K600 series introduces a new media caching technique that, according to HGST, allows for random read/write operations that are 2 times faster than other current 2.5 inch HDDs and 2.5 times faster than 3.5 inch HDDs.

Additionally, this would give the Ultrastar HDDs a leg up over flash-based non-volatile cache (NVC) storage in terms of write performance. The drives are designed to handle enterprise level workloads such as online transaction processing and intensive data analytics. Hitachi C15K600 HDDHitachi C15K600 HDD

Despite the rise of flash-based storage options in the past few years, HGST believes the HDD market will continue to go strong for the foreseeable future. According to the release, based on IDC data and customer feedback, the total availability market (TAM) of enterprise performance (15K/10K) HDDs will be double that of the enterprise SSD TAM in 2016.

"Our new Ultrastar C15K600 fills a need for storage that is more cost effective than SSDs, and has the performance, reliability and capacity requirements needed by mission-critical enterprise applications," says Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at HGST; "...we see that the industry is transitioning away from 15K 3.5-inch hard drives to smaller 2.5-inch drives to help reduce space requirements, while offering comparable capacities to the legacy 3.5-inch 15K products."

The 512e version of the Ultrastar series will be released this summer, but the 512n and 4Kn versions are shipping now.

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