HGST announces 15K RPM, 12Gb/s SAS 2.5″ HDDs with 128MB cache

HGST today announced that it is shipping a new family high-performance  high-capacity, 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), 15K RPM enterprise-class hard disk drives (HDD),  the Ultrastar C15K600 family. The 12Gb/s SAS drives have a 128 MB cache which according to HGST should r is two times better random write performance than current generation 2.5-inch 15K drives, and two and a half times better performance than 3.5-inch 15K drives. 

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The  600GB drives should also provide up to a 55 percent improvement in active power and 54 percent improvement in idle power consumption over HGST’s current 3.5-inch 15K HDDs.

The new Ultrastar C15K600 SAS 15K HDD family offer a wide range of security and encryption options including Instant Secure Erase (ISE), Trusted Computing Group (TCG) enterprise SSC-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SED), and TCG enterprise SED with FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 certification, Level 2.

HGST specifies 2M hours MTBF, an annualized failure rate (AFR) of 0.44 percent and comes with a five-year limited warranty.The 512n and 4Kn versions of the Ultrastar C15K600 hard drive family are now shipping, and are being qualified by select OEMs. The 512e version will be available this summer. The newly FIPS 140-2 certified Ultrastar 12GB/s SAS SSDs are also now shipping.