Hitachi debuts SSD family

The new Ultrastar range sees Hitachi enter the solid state drive market.


Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) has made its first move into the SSD market with the launch of its Ultrastar series.

The SSD400S range comes in 100GB, 200GB and 400GB and the company claims it is the first enterprise class SSD to offer both 2.5 inch 6Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and 3.5 inch 4Gbps Fibre Channel connections.

The product line was jointly developed by Hitachi and Intel and is aimed at companies looking to make the transition to tiered storage, allowing for a high performance level of storage that needs to be highly available.

"Hitachi's strategic investment and commitment in the enterprise market is evident with the new Ultrastar SSD family," said Mike Cordano, executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Hitachi.

"Our new SSD product family not only symbolises our market opportunity to serve evolving cloud data center infrastructures, but also delivers value to our customers in terms of increasing data center performance and reducing total cost of ownership."

Hitachi is laying claim to the highest sequential throughput in the industry with this group of SSDs as well. Read throughput is claimed to go as high as 535MBps, with write throughput hitting 500MB/s with 6Gbps SAS. For Fibre Channel, read hits 390MB/s and write goes to 340MB/s throughput.

IOPS claims are also impressive, with up to 46,000 read and 13,000 write "reaching speeds 100 times faster than traditional hard drives," claimed the firm.

The range is available now with a five year warrantee and Cordano expects volume shipments to begin early next year.

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