Development of Industry’s first 7200 RPM 2TB Enterprise level hard drives by HITACHI
With growing needs for such application as data warehousing, disk-to-disk backup, cloud computing as well as huge scale-out storage implementation has contributed in importance of some critical attributes such as storage density, GB-per-watt and cost-per-GB. At the same time enterprises are faced with the growing volume of digital content, maximum storage rack-density and floor tile space and they need to reduce the overall energy consumption, forcing the data centers to push the boundaries to make storage more efficient through implementation of such technology as virtualization, thin provisioning and de-duplication. To respond to these needs, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies made an announcement on development of and shipping of industry’s first enterprise class 7200 RPM 2TB Hard Drives. The new Ultrastar A7K2000 has been designed, manufactured and tested in ensuring enterprise-class mean-time-between-failure (MTBF) of 1.2 million hours for demanding 24×7 nearline applications making it an ideal solution for such application as data warehousing, disk-to-disk backup, cloud computing and massive scale-out storage implementations. The new Ultrastar A7K2000 features five Advanced Power Management modes, a 36 percent reduction in watts during low RPM idle mode, and power consumption of less than 1 watt during standby/sleep modes helping data centers to achieve lower AC power and HVAC requirements. Furthermore, the Ultrastar A7K2000 is halogen-free and RoHS compliant. On the data safety and security side, the new Ultrastar A7K2000 is available with optional Hitachi’s bulk data encryption (BDE) providing encryption to all data on the drive using a private security key as it is written to the disk, and then decrypts it with the key as it is retrieved. The Hitachi’s bulk data encryption (BDE) implementation is hardware based resulting in no slowing down of the system and at the same time it speeds up and simplifies the drive re-deployment and decommissioning process. Through deletion of encrypted key the data becomes unreadable eliminating any needs for time consuming multi-pattern data overwrite. The new 2TB Ultrastar A7K2000 is now available worldwide with 5 year warranty, with 500GB and 1TB versions of the drive to begin shipping in the current quarter.