Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) on Tuesday announced a new high-capacity, high-performance, power-efficient small form factor product line for enterprise applications. With top capacity at 600GB, the new MBF family of hard disk drive (HDD) represents the industry’s highest-capacity 2.5-inch enterprise-class HDD and features Toshiba’s first enterprise-class self-encrypting drive (SED) offering.
The MBF2-RC series drive features a 10,025 RPM spin speed, 6 Gb/sec SAS interface, and environmentally friendly low power consumption benefits. In addition to the low power consumption design of 2.5-inch hard drives, the MBF2-RC series features an enhanced power condition state technology enabling lower RPM spin speeds when not in use, allowing for up to 28% reduction in power consumption.
The MBF2-RC series drive is designed to support enterprise applications where reliability, high capacity, and performance are required. Specific applications include mid-range volume servers, mainstream storage arrays, blade and rackmount servers, and other business-critical, power-conscious, data-intensive systems.
Certain models of the MBF series offer an option of drive-based encryption designed to the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Enterprise Security Subsystem Class specification. The TCG specifications provide standards-based protocols to promote industry-wide adoption by HDD vendors, security management independent software vendors (ISVs), independent hardware vendors (IHVs) and storage system designers. The transparency of encrypting data within the storage device simplifies the deployment and provides an easier path to compliance with regulatory mandates for stronger security practices. As such, SEDs have become an important component in the enterprise environment with features such as secure erase, which makes the repurpose and retire process easier for organizations that use these drives.
The Toshiba MBF product line is available in 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities and will ship in volume in April 2010 with samples available now for design development.