New Ultrastar SSD boasts enterprise-grade Intel NAND

In November of last year, Hitachi and Intel collaborated on an Ultrastar SSD400S solid-state drive designed for enterprise. The drive paired a jointly developed flash controller with gobs of SLC NAND, and today it gets a little brother in the Ultrastar SSD400M. That last letter in the model number is important because this new drive swaps SLC NAND for the more common MLC variety.

Lest you think the new Ultrastar is a mere consumer-class SSD, Hitachi tells us that the drive uses “enterprise-grade” NAND from Intel. The memory chips are built on the same 25-nm process as those inside Intel’s 320 Series SSD. However, the enterprise-grade stuff offers higher performance and better write endurance thanks to differences in how the chips are programmed. I suspect there’s quite a bit of binning involved, as well.

According to Hitachi, the 400GB version of the new Ultrastar is capable of writing 4TB of data a day for five years. The 200GB flavor is good for about half that, or 3.7 petabytes in total.

What about performance? The Ultrastar is said to reach maximum sequential transfer rates of 495MB/s with reads and 385MB/s with writes. Random 4KB reads and writes top out at 56,000 and 24,000 IOps, respectively. The SSD400M’s random performance is better than that of its SLC-powered predecessor, but the new drive’s sustained throughput is a little lower.

The Ultrastar is already being qualified by some OEMs, and it’s due to ship in the channel in September. Don’t expect to be able to pop one of these into your desktop rig, though. The SSD400M will only be available with a Serial Attached SCSI interface.

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    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    The first thing that this piece of news makes me think about is whether Hitachi really will sell off its hard drive business to WD (or was it Seagate?) soon. And if it pushes through, will the sale include just the mechanical hard drive business or will it include everything related to data storage. I sure hope it doesn’t push through. I love my Hitachi 1TB drives and I really don’t wanna have to choose just between ST and WD (I think I also read that Samsung.will also sell off its HDD business).

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    Now that, that looks like a SCSI drive… and if you’ve ever had personal experience with SCSI drives you’d know they’re tanks. They fricking last forever. …of course that doesn’t mean a whole lot when you run into a write a cap.

      • Chrispy_
      • 8 years ago

      SCSI and SAS drives fail.

      They’re binned, tested and certified for harsher environments but my old desk in Covent Garden had a not-insignificant stack of dead 15K Cheetahs, Ultrastars and various 7.2K drives that were either awaiting a swap-out under warranty, or dead out of warranty.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    apparently i’m not the only one who has nothing to say about this.

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      + NAND type should be the best of the best.
      – Reliability is untested currently and putting “Enterprise” on it doesn’t mean jack without some feedback numbers.
      + Intel and Hitachi much more likely to trust than OCZ.
      – Fairly Low IOPS compared to what is available today in SSD/PCIe markets.
      + Enterprise features with SAS.
      – Cost will be much higher and probably even outclass most workstation markets.

      Overall I think the silence is because it doesn’t really fit the market for TR readers.

      • Mr Bill
      • 8 years ago

      At ~$11,000 for the older Ultrastar SSD400S. I’ii guess the new model is even a little more out of our price range. 🙂

        • continuum
        • 8 years ago

        Heck even if it’s only half the cost, it’s still out of our price range!

        • Farting Bob
        • 8 years ago

        The SSD400S was SLC flash though, this is MLC, so i expect a reduction in price, even with the newer controller etc.

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