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Western Digital Announces HGST Ultrastar SS300 – Their Highest-Performing SAS SSD to Date

Western Digital is announcing the HGST-branded Ultrastar SS300 SAS SSD, which is their highest-performing SAS SSD to date.  The Ultrastar SS300 has been developed in conjunction with Intel, providing best-in-class random performance, with random read speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS and random write speeds of up to 200,000 IOPS. The SS300 represents the latest addition to the popular Ultrastar family of 12Gb/s SAS SSDs.

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The Ultrastar SS300 is an excellent fit for applications such as virtualized storage systems, private and hybrid cloud environments and databases.  With capacities of up to 7.6TB, data center architects have the potential to significantly reduce the number of drives required, allowing for consolidation of servers and freeing up rack space.  The SS300 is offered in several endurance classes, and includes a wide range of features and power settings, such as a 14-watt power envelope to unlock additional performance capabilities and an ultra-low power setting for reduced power consumption.

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According to Ulrich Hansen, vice president of SSD product marketing at Western Digital, “Today we raise the bar with our newest 12Gb/s SAS SSD, the Ultrastar SS300.  Built with high-endurance 3D NAND flash memory, the Ultrastar SS300 offers best-in-class speed, outstanding capacity and intelligent power options than 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 make Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSDs popular around the globe.”

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Western Digital’s HGST Ultrastar SS300 12Gb/s SAS SSD also delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 2050MB/s.  There are four endurance options, ranging from 0.5 to 10 drive writes per day (DWPD).  A number of security options are also available with the SS300, including Instant Secure Erase (ISE), Self-Encrypting Drive (SED)-compliant with TCG Enterprise, both with and without FIPS 140-2 certification.

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The Ultrastar SS300 is currently shipping to select OEM partners. For more information, visit HGST/Sandisk’s storage blog post on the SS300 here.

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