Hitachi GST ships 'fastest' enterprise hard drives

Hitachi GST is beating its chest about the Ultrastar C10K900 enterprise drive family. The kit is shipping now, and the company claims it’s the fastest around.

Hitachi boasts that the C10K900 has 18 percent faster sequential and 17 percent faster random performance than its nearest competitor – benchmarked in IOMeter on a Dell PE1950, with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and an SAS/5e PCI-e HBA. 

The company claims the C10K900 runs at the industry’s highest 10K capacity point, 900GB. It’s also available at 600GB, 450GB and 300GB capacities. According to Hitachi GST, the Ultrastar drives sport average seek times of 3.8 milliseconds. Average latency time is under 3.0 milliseconds, says Hitachi, so we’d guess that’s 2.9.

Hitachi’s drives are a 2.5 inch design, meaning it taks up 70 percent less physical space and 65 percent less power than other 3.5 inch enterprise drives. There’s capacity parity with 3.5 inch 10K drives, too. 

The devices are low power at – Hitachi claims – up to 28 percent lower than competitors. Thanks to its Advanced Power Management technology, which has multi-state idle modes, the C10K900 offer read/write operating power specifications of 5.8 watts and 3.0 watts in idle. Also featured is Bulk Data Encryption to keep data safe in demanding security environments.

Qualification units are shipping now with volume shipments expected for Q1 2012.