Hitachi announced today its latest enterprise hard drive called the Ultrastar 15K450. The drive has a 15,000 RPM spindle speed and a 2ms average latency. Hitachi says that the drive has shown a 30% improvement in sequential throughput compared to its predecessor.
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"With the higher capacity and performance of the Ultrastar 15K450, enterprises are able to address their throughput requirements using fewer drives, which reduces three things; the cost of ownership, the datacenter's footprint and overall power requirements," said Dean Amini, director, Enterprise Market & Strategy, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "Coupled with our intensive testing and quality assurance process, the Ultrastar 15K450 offers the highest available performance and reliability for mission-critical computing environments."
Hitachi says the drive has a 3.6ms average seek time and the drive is available in 3GB/s SAS and 4GB/s FCAL interfaces. Shock tolerance for the drive is 250G/2 ms pulse operating. Acoustic output for the drive is 3.7 Bels. The 15K450 has four platters with eight recording heads and uses PMR technology.
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