Xyratex, a provider of enterprise-class data storage subsystems and storage process technology, announced support for Hitachi GST’s enterprise-class 7,200 RPM 2TB offering, the Ultrastar A7K2000 hard disk drive.

Xyratex claims new Hitachi’s drive have been fully integrated into Xyratex’s family of storage systems “making it the industry’s first, fully integrated external storage subsystem to deliver the highest-capacity, most energy efficient drives per capacity available for enterprise storage systems”.

The Ultrastar A7K2000 will be available for Xyratex products over the next quarter.

Hitachi announced its first enterprise version of 2TB drive – the Ultrastar A7K2000, earlier this month. It is now possible to achieve 1.2 petabytes (PB) in the footprint of a standard 19-inch enterprise storage rack by deploying the 2TB A7K2000 in a stack of ten 4U, 60-bay enclosures. It has a 1.2 million hours MTBF (mean time before failure) rating, a bulk data encryption option and SATA 3Gb/s interface.

“Xyratex and Hitachi are committed to meeting the explosive capacity growth in enterprise data centers while advancing reduced power consumption and improved system performance,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of marketing, Hitachi GST.

UK-based Xyratex designs and manufactures enabling technology that provides OEM and disk drive manufacturer customers with data storage products to support high-performance storage and data communication networks.

Xyratex OEMs are able to customize the system to meet a diverse set of application workloads and environments ranging from data centers to distributed operations. Xyratex also delivers a storage server platform that allows the convergence of servers and storage in a single, highly available system.

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