Hitachi Looks to Deliver Big Storage in a Small Package

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2012-01-04 Print this article Print

The new G-Drive and G-Raid storage products from Hitachi bring data center-scale storage to mobile and small-business users.

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced that it has added two new hard drives to its G-Technology series of storage devices. The new drives come in 1TB and 4TB sizes and are incorporated into the G-Technology G-Drive and G-Raid solutions.

The new drives bring impressive amounts of storage space to what are considered mobile or small-business storage devices. The 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 (for G-DRIVE Mobile) and the 4TB Deskstar 7K4000 (for G-DRIVE and G-RAID) have been both designed primarily for Apple Macintosh environments and should prove ideal for those working with large video or image files, as well as supporting backup and archival functions. The G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions are formatted for Mac OS X systems right out of the box and are Time Machine-ready.

"Whether you're looking for a RAID solution, desktop solution or portable hard drive, G-Technology continues to deliver the most trusted external storage solutions available," Mike Williams, vice president and general manager of Hitachi GST Branded Business, said in a statement.

"Our G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions have been the cornerstone in many gear bags and post-production houses as content creators need big, fast and reliable storage," Williams said. "Our new solutions with Hitachi Travelstar and Deskstar hard drives are a welcome addition to our family as they give our customers more tools with higher capacities to use in their digital environments."

Although Hitachi positions the drives for Apple Macintosh systems, the units also support Microsoft Windows environments. A simple initialization is all that is required to prepare the drives for use with Windows devices. The drives are 7,200-rpm units and are housed in an all-aluminum enclosure for cool operation.

Hitachi GST will ship its Travelstar 5K1000 and Deskstar 7K4000 drives to OEMs, distributors and channel partners in Q1 2012.

The G-RAID is available with 8TB capacity (4TB RAID 1) for $900, while the G-Drive comes in four capacities, ranging from 1TB to 4TB, with prices ranging from $200 to $450. Meanwhile, the G-Drive mobile USB, which Hitachi ships configured for use with a USB port, comes in 750GB and 1TB capacities and is priced at $150 and $200, respectively.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at

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