Hitachi and Intel are fast becoming best buddies in the storage space, and why not, the two apparently play very well together. The latest effort from these two tech heavyweights is Hitachi's new Ultrastar SSD400M multi-level cell (MLC) solid state drive family. Pitched as a cost-effective alternative to those pricey single-level cell (SLC) SSDs, these new drives are built using Intel's 25nm enterprise-grade MLC NAND flash memory, Hitachi says.
The SSD400M series is available in 200GB and 400GB capacities. They ship in the 2.5-inch form factor and utilize a 6Gb SAS interface. Benefits to the enterprise crowd include lower costs, outstanding write endurance (Hitachi claims 7.3 petabytes of lifetime random writes, or 10 full drive writes per day for five years), and fast performance to the tune of up to 495MB/s read and 385MB/s write speeds, and up to 54,000 read and 24,000 write IOPS.
In addition, these drives also boast enterprise specific features, "including comprehensive end-to-end data protection, error correction, and error handling, resulting in the high level of reliability that is critical in enterprise systems," Hitachi says.
The drives are shipping now and are currently being qualified for use with select OEMs.
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