Unsworth also said hardware vendors that can offer both hard disk drives and SSDs as a "unified" product line that includes support and services will have the most success because of the popularity of tiered storage architectures, where data is placed on drives according to its level of criticality.
To that end, Toshiba also announced two new enterprise-class hard disk drive series: the MKx001TRKB and the MKx002TSKB line.
The 7,200-rpm drives come in 1TB and 2TB capacities in a 3.5-inch form factor and 6Gbps SAS3 and 3Gbps Serial ATA (SATA) interfaces. The drives also have from 16MB to 64MB of buffer memory.
Intended for operations that run around the clock, the two new series of drives also include onboard error correction code (ECC).
Toshiba didn't offer suggested pricing for any of its new drive lines.
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