Western Digital Ultrastar DC HC500 Series

Parallel file systems are ideal for High-Performance Computing applications that require access to large files, massive quantities of data or simultaneous access from multiple compute servers. Applications such as machine learning and artificial intelligence use parallel file systems and require a high-performance storage system. The Western Digital Ultrastar Data Center HC-500-series hard drives deliver the highest capacity and greatest value to store data across multiple networked servers. The Western Digital Ultrastar Data Center HC500-series is designed for applications that require access to large files, massive quantities of data or simultaneous access from multiple compute servers. Such applications are ideal for High-Performance computing and are known as parallel file systems.

Ultrastar DC 500 Series HDD Highlights

Standard 3.5 inch form factor

Industry leading HDD technology

2.5M hours MTBF rating

5 year limited warning

Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) Options

Western Digital Ultrastar DC HC550 Hard Disk Drive

Data center decisions are driven by Total Cost of Ownership and higher capacity drives play a leading role in reducing the same. Since parallel file systems require a high-performance storage system, the Western Digital Ultrastar DC HC550 HDD provides 29% more capacity in the same form factor as a lower capacity HDD. These HDDs also enable enterprises to lower their CapEx by reducing supporting hardware and system level costs as compared to a lower capacity HDD.

These HDDs also offer security and encryption options which help protect your data from unauthorized use, including SED models in both SATA and SAS.

Western Digital Ultrastar DC HC560 Hard Disk Drive

Hyperscalers need more storage solutions for their parallel file systems and also to meet the exponential growth in data creation. HDDs continue to play a major role as a cost-effective storage solution delivering capacity, performance and reliability at scale.  Western Digital has developed flash enhanced drives with OptiNAND technology by vertically integrating the company’s leading NAND flash with its world-class HDDs, which means higher capacities to meet storage challenges.

The Ultrastar DC HC560 meets modern data center reliability requirements with 2.5M MTBF (projected) and a 5-year limited warranty, offering security and encryption options to help protect data from unauthorized use, including SED models. 

Ultrastar DC 500 Series HDD Applications

Cloud & Hyperscale Storage

High Density Data Centers

Distributed File Systems

Bulk storage using object storage solutions such as Ceph and OpenStack Swift

Primary and secondary storage for Apache Hadoop for big data analytics

Technical Specifications Ultrastar HDDs

Ultrastar DC HC550 16TB HDD

  • Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
  • RAM Size: 16 TB
  • Hardware Interface: SATA 6.0 Gb/s
  • Data Buffer: 512 MB
  • Interface Transfer Rate: Up to 600 MB/s

Ultrastar DC HC560 20TB HDD

  • Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
  • RAM Size: 20 TB
  • Hardware Interface: SATA 6.0 Gb/s
  • Data Buffer: 512 MB
  • Interface Transfer Rate: Up to 600 MB/s

Contact ClusterVision to learn more about our Western Digital HDD Solutions for parallel file system applications.

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# of Cores:  6

# of Threads:  12

Processor Base Frequency:  3.20 GHz

Max Turbo Frequency:  4.60 GHz

Cache: 12 MB SmartCache

Processor Graphics:  Intel® UHD Graphics 630

Graphics Base Frequency:  350 MHz

Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency:  1.20 GHz

Graphics Video Max Memory:  64 GB

4K Support:  Yes, at 60Hz