Hitachi GST ends STEC's monopoly

Fibre Channel SSDs here at last


Hitachi GST flash drives are hitting the streets and, at last, ending STEC's monopoly in the supply of Fibre Channel interface SSDs.

EMC startled the enterprise storage array world by embracing STEC SSDs (solid state drives) in its arrays last year as a way of dramatically lowering the latency for access to the most important data in the arrays. It has subsequently delivered FAST automated data movement across different tiers of storage in its arrays, ensuring that sysadms don't have to involved in managing data movement at a tedious and time-consuming level.

All other enterprise array suppliers have followed suit, with some supporting SAS-interface SSDs from suppliers like Intel, Micron, Pliant and Samsung. No other SSD supplier has developed a Fibre Channel interface SSD though, apparently believing that the SAS interface will supersede the Fibre Channel drive-level interface inside an array, giving STEC a monopoly supply position, until now.

Hitachi GST's SSD400S family comes in 100GB, 200GB and 400GB capacities, featuring both 2.5-inch 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and 3.5-inch 4Gb/s Fibre Channel interfaces. It uses 34nm single level cell technology and the product was jointly developed with Intel.

Mike Cordano, worldwide sales and marketing exec VP at Hitachi GST, said: "With qualifications now underway, we anticipate volume shipments to commence in the first half of 2011.”

Hitachi GST says the enterprise SSD market is growing at an estimated 73 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2009-2014.

The company says its Ultrastar SSD400S "delivers the industry’s highest sequential throughput [being] the first to reach up to 535MB/s read and 500MB/s write throughput with 6Gbit/s SAS, and 390MB/s read and 340MB/s write throughput with 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel."

It can do up to 46,000 read and 13,000 sustained write IOPS. Hitachi GST says these speeds are 100 times faster than traditional hard drives, meaning better IOPS per watt ratings.

It will be hoping to pick up second source business from STEC's OEMs with these numbers.

The 400GB SSD supports up to 35PB of random writes over its lifetime. Hitachi GST says this is the equivalent of writing 19.2TB/day for five years. The products include data integrity and power loss management technologies tied to industry standards to help compatibility in multi-tiered SSD/HDD system designs.

Broader qualification samples are now available with product ramp scheduled in 2011. The Ultrastar SSD400S family is backed by a five-year limited warranty, or the maximum petabytes written (based on capacity). Xyratex issued a supporting quote, indicating that at least one OEM is feeling positive. ®

Similar topics

Broader topics


Other stories you might like

  • Experts: AI should be recognized as inventors in patent law
    Plus: Police release deepfake of murdered teen in cold case, and more

    In-brief Governments around the world should pass intellectual property laws that grant rights to AI systems, two academics at the University of New South Wales in Australia argued.

    Alexandra George, and Toby Walsh, professors of law and AI, respectively, believe failing to recognize machines as inventors could have long-lasting impacts on economies and societies. 

    "If courts and governments decide that AI-made inventions cannot be patented, the implications could be huge," they wrote in a comment article published in Nature. "Funders and businesses would be less incentivized to pursue useful research using AI inventors when a return on their investment could be limited. Society could miss out on the development of worthwhile and life-saving inventions."

    Continue reading
  • Declassified and released: More secret files on US govt's emergency doomsday powers
    Nuke incoming? Quick break out the plans for rationing, censorship, property seizures, and more

    More papers describing the orders and messages the US President can issue in the event of apocalyptic crises, such as a devastating nuclear attack, have been declassified and released for all to see.

    These government files are part of a larger collection of records that discuss the nature, reach, and use of secret Presidential Emergency Action Documents: these are executive orders, announcements, and statements to Congress that are all ready to sign and send out as soon as a doomsday scenario occurs. PEADs are supposed to give America's commander-in-chief immediate extraordinary powers to overcome extraordinary events.

    PEADs have never been declassified or revealed before. They remain hush-hush, and their exact details are not publicly known.

    Continue reading
  • Stolen university credentials up for sale by Russian crooks, FBI warns
    Forget dark-web souks, thousands of these are already being traded on public bazaars

    Russian crooks are selling network credentials and virtual private network access for a "multitude" of US universities and colleges on criminal marketplaces, according to the FBI.

    According to a warning issued on Thursday, these stolen credentials sell for thousands of dollars on both dark web and public internet forums, and could lead to subsequent cyberattacks against individual employees or the schools themselves.

    "The exposure of usernames and passwords can lead to brute force credential stuffing computer network attacks, whereby attackers attempt logins across various internet sites or exploit them for subsequent cyber attacks as criminal actors take advantage of users recycling the same credentials across multiple accounts, internet sites, and services," the Feds' alert [PDF] said.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022