Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) is now shipping its new Ultrastar C10K900 enterprise drive family. The Ultrastar C10K900 is 18 per cent faster sequentially and up to 17 per cent faster in random performance than the nearest competitor, says Hitachi. It also features a high-performance SAS 6Gb/s interface for reliable data throughput, and packs a 64MB cache buffer to optimize the read/write response time. The new Ultrastar drives feature average seek times as low as 3.8 milliseconds, and its rotational speed reduces average latency time to below 3.0 milliseconds.

As the company’s fourth-generation, small form factor enterprise hard drive, the Ultrastar C10K900 also hits the industry’s highest 10K capacity point at 900GB. The new Ultrastar C10K900 family is available in 900GB, 600GB, 450GB and 300GB capacities.

The Ultrastar C10K900 has a compact 2.5-inch design, a low-power profile and improved thermal characteristics. The small form factor drive occupies 70 per cent less physical space and consumes up to 65 per cent less power than similar 3.5-inch enterprise drives, says Hitachi.

The Ultrastar C10K900 also delivers capacity parity with 3.5-inch 10K drives, providing 900GB of storage space in a smaller footprint.

The Ultrastar C10K900 family features a Bulk Data Encryption option for hard drive-level data security. These self-encrypting models are designed to the Trusted Computing Group’s Enterprise A Security Subsystem Class encryption specifications.

Hitachi GST is now shipping Ultrastar C10K900 qualification units with volume shipments in Q1 2012.