Hitachi ships 'fastest and most energy efficient' hard drive

10K RPM, 6Gb/s SAS enterprise Ultrastar C10K600 arrives
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Hitachi has announced it has begun shipping what it claims is the industry's fastest and most power efficient 10k RPM enterprise hard drive.

Aimed squarely at the high performance server market, the new Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) Ultrastar C10K600 is a 2.5-inch, 10K RPM, 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard drive of 600GB capacity which the company said offers 15 per cent better at random access and 18 per cent better sequential performance versus competitive products.

"The Ultrastar C10K600 is closely aligned with customer requirements for increased performance, improved server/storage density, greater power efficiency and lower total cost of ownership," said Hitachi GST marketing boss Brendan Collins.

The Ultrastar C10K600 drive family is offered in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB versions and each contains a whopping 64MB of cache which is designed to speed the drive's read/write response time. Average seek times are as low as 3.7 milliseconds and average latency time is down to 3.0 milliseconds.

Power wise, Hitachi claims the Ultrastar C10K600 achieves best-in-class power efficiency with the Advanced Power Management implementation delivering random read/write operating power specification of 5.6 watts and idle mode of 3.1 watts.

Hitachi said the Ultrastar C10K600 is now shipping to customers worldwide.

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