HGST, the company formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, is wasting no time in showing new owner Western Digital how it rolls in the storage space by unveiling what it claims is the world's first 4TB enterprise-class hard drive family. The Ultrastar 7K4000 represents a new generation of 512e Advanced Format drives and offers up oodles of storage space for both traditional enterprise customers and the ever growing cloud/Internet market.
Big on storage space, the 4TB Ultrastar 7K4000 delivers 33 percent more capacity in the same 3.5-inch footprint as its predecessor, and it boasts 24 percent lower watts-per-GB to boot. Looking at the big picture, HGST says IT managers can get 2.4 petabytes in the same footprint as a standard 19-inch storage rack by stacking ten 4U, 60-bay enclosures.
"Our cost-effective, high-density, and scalable enterprise-class storage solutions are designed for a broad range of market applications including cloud, digital video storage, and backup, and HGST’s high-capacity 7,200 RPM enterprise-class hard drives play a crucial role in our value proposition," said Gary Watson, CTO, Nexsan. "We all know that the need for more storage is expanding in multiple directions and dimensions, and Hitachi’s highly reliable, high-capacity HDDs allow us to deliver solutions where large capacities, density, and power efficiency are highly valued. We have been using Hitachi Ultrastar drives for years and look forward to qualifying their new 4TB enterprise-class drives."
The new drives also feature 7200 RPM spindle speeds, SATA 6Gbps interfaces, and 64MB cache buffers. Limited quantity shipments have already begun.