Hitachi Unveils Ultrastar 7K3000 series 3.5in HDDs Page: 1

Hitachi’s storage division has been going great guns with their new HDD releases recently. Carrying on with the fine form, the company today announced the release of its new 3TB 3.5in HDD family - the Ultrastar 7K3000. According to the company, this is the first 7,200 RPM enterprise-class HDD that has the ability to deliver 2.0 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF).

The new drive family has been released in both 6Gb/s SATA and 6Gb/s SAS interfaces, which means they would blend in easily with different computing environments. When compared to Hitachi’s earlier enterprise class offering - the Ultrastar A7K2000, the Ultrastar 7K3000 drives boast of 50 per cent higher capacity in the same footprint while delivering a 32 per cent reduction in watts/GB. This makes the drives particularly suitable for data centers and applications that are always on and mission-critical.

In addition to its better power consumption features, the Ultrastar 7K3000 HDDs also come with bulk data encryption (BDE) capabilities. In particular, the SAS model of the HDD has been designed for emerging 6Gb/s SAS enterprise infrastructures and is fully compatible with the industry standard TCG Enterprise-A encryption specification.

“From early-stage research to design and development to component selection and manufacturing, we have multi-layer processes in place to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality products throughout the entire life of the hard drive program," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at Hitachi GST.

“Raising our MTBF to 2.0 million hours on our new Ultrastar 7K3000 family reinforces this quality commitment. Our new Ultrastar drives will continue to play an important and growing role in data centers that require 24x7 availability for cloud storage, massive scale out (MSO) data farms, data warehousing, disk-to-disk backup, RAID arrays and more,” Mr. Collins added.

Hitachi has release the new Ultrastar 7K3000 series HDDs in 3TB and 2TB storage capacities with the 6Gb/s SATA interface model available immediately. The 6Gb/s SAS models are likely to become available in mid-2011.

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