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Toshiba introduces industry’s Highest-capacity small form factor Enterprise HDD

26 Feb, 2010

Toshiba introduces industry’s Highest-capacity small form factor Enterprise HDD

IRVINE, CA (February 2010) – Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and the industry pioneer in small form factor enterprise-class and mobile hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced a new high-capacity, high-performance, power-efficient small form factor product line for enterprise applications. With top capacity at 600GB1, the new MBF family 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 introduction of the MBF series demonstrates the successful integration of Toshiba and Fujitsu’s HDD business last year and illustrates Toshiba's capability and commitment to building further leadership in the enterprise market. This series meets the exacting standards of the enterprise market with 10,025 RPM spin speed and a 6Gb/s SAS interface for use in mid-range volume servers, mainstream storage arrays, blade and rack-mount servers and other business-critical, power-conscious, data-intensive applications. 

Building upon the inherent lower power consumption that comes with 2.5-inch HDDs, the MBF series reduces power consumption up to 28 percent, using a new enhanced power condition state, which enables the HDD to spin at a lower RPM when not in use. 

“With a 600GB maximum capacity, lower power consumption and smaller footprint, Toshiba’s small form factor enterprise HDDs further enable the growing trend of enterprise system migration from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch HDDs,” said Joel Hagberg, vice president of enterprise marketing at Toshiba Storage Device Division.  “Optional inclusion of Toshiba’s SED technology supports endpoint protection in data-sensitive environments.  This total package offers an efficient and effective solution for enterprise storage system manufacturers and system builders.”

Self-Encrypting Drives
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 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.  For more information on Toshiba’s line of industry-leading enterprise-class small form factor hard drives, visit www.toshibastorage.com.

About Toshiba Storage Device Division
Toshiba is a one-of-a-kind global storage company, offering hard disk drives (HDDs), optical disk drives (ODDs), solid state drives (SSDs) and NAND flash memories – technologies that drive a wide range of consumer electronics, computer and automotive applications, as well as enterprise solutions for the global marketplace. Through its Storage Device Division, Toshiba leads in the development, design and manufacturing of mobile, retail and enterprise hard disk drives. Toshiba SDD markets high-quality peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators, distributors and retailers worldwide. Inherent in the Toshiba storage family are the high-quality engineering and manufacturing capabilities that have established Toshiba products as innovation leaders worldwide. For more information, visit www.toshibastorage.com.

About Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications. 

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