By Shane McGlaun
I like computers and for me and many other enthusiasts what we really want is a hard drive that has lots of storage space, fast data access times, and quiet operation. I don’t particularly care how much power the drive consumes so long as it meets my other wants.
In the enterprise computing environment, all of those things are important but at the top of the list is low power consumption. Shaving what seems like a tiny amount of power consumption from the massive amount of hard drives inside the typical data center can mean tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in power savings. Hitachi has unveiled a new enterprise 2.5-inch hard drive that is fast and sips power like a social drinker at a frat party.
The drive is a 2.5-inch form factor unit connecting to servers via the SAS interface and the drive spins at 10,000 RPM. The drive needs only 3.4 watts of power in idle mode and 6.1 watts in full seek mode. Hitachi also says that the 2.5-inch form factor needs 75% less physical space than the average 3.5-inch hard drive. The Ultrastar C10K300 is available in capacities ranging from 147GB to 300GB.
[ Hitachi ]