Western Digital Introduces Advanced Storage Devices to Manage Evolving Data Center Application Demands

New Enterprise-Class HDDs and SSDs Deliver Breakthrough Performance and Capacity

New Western Digital Enterprise-Class HDDs and SSDs Deliver Breakthrough Performance and Capacity (Photo: Business Wire)

IRVINE, Calif.--()--Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today further expanded its data center SSD and HDD portfolio with the introduction of next-generation storage solutions designed to help IT managers address the intensive data and extreme performance demands of today’s enterprise, cloud and hyperscale workloads.

The new solutions include the blazingly fast HGST-branded Ultrastar® SN200 NVMe-compatible PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) series, which offers class-leading random read performance of up to 1.2 million IOPS in key workloads1, and the company’s fastest and highest capacity SAS SSD to date, the HGST-branded Ultrastar SS200 Series SSD. The company also introduced its fourth-generation helium-based HelioSeal™ enterprise-class hard disk drive (HDD), the 12TB2 HGST-branded Ultrastar He12 drive. Additionally, the company announced it will extend the He12 platform to 14TB, leveraging Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR).

“We have raised the bar in enterprise storage with our most advanced and highest capacity enterprise-class SAS SSD, NVMe SSD, and HDD solutions to date,” said Mark Grace, senior vice president of devices at Western Digital. “The unparalleled performance of the new Ultrastar SN200 Series NVMe PCIe solution brings outstanding responsiveness and throughput to even the most demanding data center applications, while our new Ultrastar SS200 Series SSD delivers the ideal balance of speed and capacity to the high volume workloads and critical applications that are best addressed by the capabilities of SAS SSDs. Additionally, the He12 HDD is a great addition to our enterprise hard drive family, leveraging the HelioSeal platform to deliver the highest capacity with exceptional power efficiency. With their outstanding reliability and Quality of Service (QoS), these new additions to our industry-leading data center portfolio enable customers across the spectrum to meet their evolving and dynamic data center demand.”

Ultrastar SN200 SSD Delivers Next-Generation NVMe PCIe Storage Capacity, Speed

The Ultrastar SN200 NVMe SSD series is the highest capacity NVMe PCIe SSD available today in 2.5-inch and Half-Height, Half-Length (HH-HL) form factors. Leveraging Western Digital’s advanced memory technology, it is the company’s fastest NVMe PCIe SSD to date, offering up to 100 percent more sequential read, and up to 61 percent more random read performance than the company’s previous-generation NVMe-compliant SSD3, the HGST-branded Ultrastar SN150 SSD. Available in capacities ranging from 800GB to 7.68TB, the extreme performance and superior capacity of the new NVMe PCIe SSD, in combination with its outstanding QoS, make it ideal for workload-intensive cloud and hyperscale environments that demand instant response times, such as ecommerce, search and social networks, as well as environments processing massive volumes of data in real-time, including intensive analytics.

Ultrastar SS200 SAS Enterprise-Class SSD Transforms Data Centers

The Ultrastar SS200 SSD is the highest capacity and highest performing SAS SSD from the company to date. It is built to efficiently deliver superior capacity, low-latency performance and the outstanding endurance needed to help data center managers address the rapidly growing volume and velocity of data from today’s critical applications, while at the same time balancing their total cost of ownership (TCO). Offered in capacities up to 7.68TB, it brings new capabilities and possibilities to storage arrays, hyperconverged and software-defined architectures that require dual-port design with a SAS interface.

The enterprise class Ultrastar SS200 SSD is available in two endurance classes to meet customers’ needs, including 1 and 3 random drive writes per day (DWPD)4. Leveraging advanced NAND management technology, the SSD offers tremendous read performance (up to 1,800MB/s sequential/up to 250,0000 4KiB IOPS random) without compromising on write performance (up to 1,000 MB/s sequential/up to 86,000 4KiB IOPS random)5. This makes it ideal for a wide variety of data-intensive, critical enterprise and cloud-based applications.

In addition, the Ultrastar SS200, leverages the company’s latest generation Guardian Technology™ platform, a proprietary and comprehensive set of features and technologies that significantly improve endurance and reliability, helps safeguard against data loss, and further ensures outstanding QoS.

Ultrastar He12 Helium HDD

The He12 is Western Digital’s fourth-generation helium HDD, featuring an industry-first eight-disk design, to deliver 12TB capacity using PMR technology in a standard 3.5-inch form factor. It is the world’s highest capacity hard disk drive for active random workloads. Utilizing Western Digital’s unique HelioSeal process that seals helium in the drive to help provide the highest capacity HDD and exceptional power efficiency, the He12 comes in a single 12TB capacity point and offers either a SATA or SAS interface both using Advanced Format. HelioSeal technology utilizes helium with 1/7 the density of air, enabling the use of thinner disks, while maintaining a stable recording interface. The unique He12 design adds an eighth disk, two more than the highest capacity air-based drive, which enabled the capacity increase to 12TB, 50 percent more than the highest air-based design. This additional capacity provides for increased storage density, reducing associated data center infrastructure required to store a given amount of data. It also encompasses a low-power design without compromising performance, which helps reduce overall cost of ownership. The He12 is perfect for any application that requires massive amounts of cost-effective storage.

The company will extend the He12 platform further, leveraging SMR to provide even more capacity from the same essential hardware. The SMR version of the drive will deliver 14TB and will support, in particular, many cloud service providers that have implemented SMR support in their software architectures to more cost effectively store ever increasing data associated with the services they provide.

Features and Specifications:

Ultrastar SN200 NVMe PCIe SSD Series

  • PCIe Gen 3 and NVMe 1.2 compatible
  • Offering best-in-class 70/30 mixed read/write random performance of up to 560,000 4KiB IOPS6
  • Storage capacity up to 7.68TB in both 2.5-inch SFF and HH-HL AIC form factors; the highest capacity NVMe PCIe SSD available in these form factors
  • Superior Enterprise-grade reliability: Flash-aware RAID, end-to-end data-path protection, advanced ECC, secure erase, PowerSafe™ power-loss protection

Ultrastar SS200 SAS SSD

  • Enterprise-grade 12Gb/s SAS SSD; backward compatible with 6Gb/s SAS
  • Available in capacities from 400GB to 7.68TB in 2.5-inch drive form factor
  • Read Performance: Up to 1,800MB/s sequential read and up to 250,000 4KiB IOPS in random reads
  • Write Performance: Up to 1,000MB/s sequential writes; endurance of 3 or 1 random drive writes per day for 5 years
  • Data Security: Instant Secure Erase (ISE) and Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) options including TCG Enterprise

Ultrastar He12 Helium HDD

  • HelioSeal: Western Digital’s fourth generation, based on exclusive HelioSeal technology, bringing the highest capacity HDD to market much sooner than competing technologies
  • World’s first 8-disk design, 12TB capacity, available with either 12Gb/s SAS or 6Gb/s SATA interface
  • Data Security: Instant Secure Erase, sanitize and safely redeploy HDDs using the Instant Secure Erase feature
  • SED Features: Help protect end user data with encryption (Self Encrypting Drive)
  • Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours with a 5-year limited warranty

Availability

The Ultrastar SN200 NVMe SSD Series and the Ultrastar SS200 SAS SSD are currently sampling to select customers, and will be generally available in the first quarter of the 2017 calendar year. The company is also currently sampling to select OEMs the Ultrastar He12, which will be generally available the first half of the 2017 calendar year, and the 14TB SMR HDD, which will be generally available in the middle of 2017 calendar year.

About Western Digital

Western Digital is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. Financial and investor information is available on the company's Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com.

© 2016 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Western Digital, HGST, WD, SanDisk, Ultrastar, HelioSeal, and Guardian Technology are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries.

1 – Denotes demonstrated speed in HH-HL version only.

2 – TB = 1 terabyte (TB) = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user capacity less.

3 – Denotes speed increase to HH-HL version only.

4 – DW/D endurance specification using 4KiB random write workload for 5 years.

5 – Based on endurance class of 3 drive writes per day for 5 years.

6 – Best-in-class claim based on 6.4TB HH-HL version only.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements concerning the development, performance and capacity, capabilities, applications, and availability of the Ultrastar SN200 NVMe PCIe SSD series, the Ultrastar SS200 SAS SSD, and the Ultrastar He12 Helium HDD products, and the HelioSeal platform. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the company’s Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on Nov. 8, 2016, to which your attention is directed. The company undertakes no obligation to update the information in this release in the event facts or circumstances change after the date of this release.

Contacts

Western Digital Corporation Media Relations
Laura Bakken, +1 408-801-7653
laura.bakken@sandisk.com
or
Heather Skinner, +1 949-672-7920
heather.skinner@wdc.com
or
Western Digital Corporation Investor Relations
Bob Blair, +1 949-672-7834
robert.blair@wdc.com

Contacts

Western Digital Corporation Media Relations
Laura Bakken, +1 408-801-7653
laura.bakken@sandisk.com
or
Heather Skinner, +1 949-672-7920
heather.skinner@wdc.com
or
Western Digital Corporation Investor Relations
Bob Blair, +1 949-672-7834
robert.blair@wdc.com