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Western Digital unveils HGST-branded Ultrastar array

HGST Ultrastar SAS SS300 SSD delivers top performance for intense data demands

Western Digital unveils HGST-branded Ultrastar array
The Ultrastar SS300 is ideal for the intensive data demands of virtualised storage systems.

Western Digital Corp, a provider of data storage technology and solutions, has unveiled HGST-branded Ultrastar SS300 solid state drives (SSD), the company's highest-performing SAS array.

The company said the latest addition of Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, is the company's family of drives that meet the rigorous data demands of many of the  largest companies.

Developed in partnership with Intel, the new Ultrastar SS300 delivers best-in-class random performance, offering speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS random read and up to 200,000 IOPS random write.

"Today, we raise the bar with our newest 12Gb/s SAS SSD, the Ultrastar SS300," said Ulrich Hansen, vice president of SSD product marketing at Western Digital Corporation. "Built with high-endurance 3D NAND flash memory, the Ultrastar SS300 offers best-in-class speed, outstanding capacity and intelligent power options that enable customers to tailor storage systems and server solutions that are just right for their demanding needs. These benefits are delivered with the same tremendous reliability that has helped to make Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSDs popular around the globe."

According to Western Digital, the Ultrastar SS300 is ideal for the intensive data demands of virtualised storage systems, databases and private and hybrid cloud environments. It offers capacities up to 7.68TB, giving data centre architects the potential to reduce the number of drives, consolidate servers and open up valuable rack space.

The new Ultrastar SS300 is offered in a variety of endurance classes and comes with a range of features and power settings. With this variety of options and high capacity, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have a greater flexibility to create next-generation data center storage systems that address a wide variety of workloads and total cost of ownership (TCO) requirements.

Bill Leszinske, vice president of strategic planning, marketing and business development at Intel Corporation, said: "The use of Intel technology in the Ultrastar SS300 12Gb/s SAS SSD complements Western Digital's commitment to offering exceptional solutions to meet their customers' needs. Our long-standing relationship with Western Digital to develop SAS SSDs has been very productive, providing leadership solutions for the storage community worldwide."

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