Hitachi Ships 3.5-inch SSDs for New HP 3PAR Arrays

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-19 Print this article Print

The Ultrastar SSD400S line uses enterprise-grade NAND flash, its own proprietary endurance firmware and power-loss-management techniques -- for Tier 2 SATA storage.

Although the overall trend in enterprise storage IT is clearly moving toward smaller, faster 2.5-inch solid-state drives, plenty of shops still use the older 3.5-inch variety, and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is determined to keep supplying that market.

Hitachi on Sept. 19 said that its 3.5-inch Fibre Channel Ultrastar 400S single-level cell SSDs, co-developed with Intel, are now shipping in Hewlett-Packard-3PAR F-Class, T-Class and the new P10000 V-Class storage systems for enterprise and cloud data centers. These are SSDs for Tier 2 SATA-type, nearline storage.

The Ultrastar SSD400S line uses enterprise-grade NAND flash, its own proprietary endurance firmware and power-loss-management techniques, Hitachi said. It also features advanced data integrity IT based on industry standards to ensure compatibility in multi-tiered SSD/HDD system designs, the company said.

The new SSDs have been documented to reach up to 516MB per second read and 458MB per second write throughput using 6G bps SAS connectivity, Hitach said. They also have been clocked at 390MB per second read and 340MB per second write throughput with 4G bps FC, the company said.

The new drives also deliver up to 41,000 read and 21,000 sustained-write IOPS for fast access to hot enterprise data for improved productivity and operational efficiency.

Hitachi GST is currently shipping its Ultrastar SSD400S drives in volume. The product line features a five-year limited warranty.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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