HGST was formerly part of Hitachi and is now a Western Digital company. HGST has announced a new enterprise class hard drive that is the industry's highest capacity 10,000 RPM unit. The new drive offers 33% more capacity and is designed for tier 1 mission-critical cloud, enterprise server, and storage system use.
The new storage drive spins at an incredibly fast 10,000 RPMs and offers 1.2 TB of storage. The new drive is called the HGST Ultrastar C10K1200. The drive uses the SAS 6 Gb/s interface and has a 2.5-inch form factor. The drive also has a 64 MB cache buffer to optimize read/write response time.
The fast 10,000 RPM rotational speed reduces latency and allows the drive to access data faster in mission-critical applications. The drive is rated for 2 million hours mean time between failure and is intended for 24/7 operations in data centers and other high demand environments. The higher 1.2 TB capacity drive means that IT managers will be able to store 28.8 TB in a single 2U rack mount server featuring 24 bays.
The hard drive is also green producing less heat and requiring less power than previous versions allowing the data center to save money on electricity and HVAC requirements. The drive uses less than 5 W of power when idling. The new drives are available and shipping as of today at an undisclosed price.