Toshiba Announces VMware 6.0 Certification for Enterprise Drives

AL13SX Series eHDDs and PX03SN Series eSSDs attain VMware® Virtual SAN™ 6.0 Certification

September 28, 2015

IRVINE, Calif. — The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces that its 12Gbit/s1 SAS 15,000 RPM enterprise hard disk drives (HDDs) – the AL13SX Series – and enterprise solid state drives (eSSDs) – PX03SN Series – earned VMware Virtual SAN™ 6.0 and 5.5 certification for VMware vSphere®2 environments. Virtual SAN for VMware vSphere® 6.0 is a new hypervisor-converged storage platform that was released in March to deliver the benefits of software-defined storage to the data center. These eHDDs and eSSDs are optimized for mission-critical tiered enterprise server and storage applications, and all capacity3 models underwent VMware’s rigorous validation process.          

VMware certified drives are validated to take advantage of VMware Virtual SAN benefits including high performance and radically simplified storage deployments in software-defined data centers. The certification involves a five-stage process that included review, performance, reliability, compatibility and overall integrity. With VMware Virtual SAN certification, these Toshiba eHDDs and eSSDs models help to bring the benefits of tiered storage solutions to both SMB and enterprise customers.

“Many customers are using virtualized environments to optimize the performance and utilization of the reliable Toshiba drives they already know and use,” said Scott Wright, director of enterprise HDD marketing, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. “Toshiba is pleased to work with VMware to certify our mission critical eHDDs and eSSDs.  This certification of the 12Gbit/s SAS AL13SX Series and 12Gbit/s SAS PX03SN Series provides further assurance that customers may confidently utilize Toshiba enterprise HDDs and SSDs with vSphere® 6.0 to optimize the performance and utilization of these important mission critical storage resources.”

The AL13SX Series and PX03SN series is currently available. For more information on Toshiba’s line of industry-leading enterprise SAS SSDs and HDDs, visit To connect with Toshiba Storage, visit the corporate blog at and follow @ToshibaStorage on Twitter.

About Toshiba Storage Products

Toshiba Corporation and its affiliates offer one-of-a-kind global storage solutions, offering hard disk drives (HDDs), 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. Toshiba is a leader in the development, design and manufacture of mobile, consumer and enterprise hard disk drives and solid state drives. In North America, the Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., markets high-quality storage peripherals to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, value-added resellers, value-added dealers, systems integrators and distributors 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

About Toshiba Corp. and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, VARs, distributors and fabless chip companies worldwide.  A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, solid state drives (SSDs), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs), discrete devices, custom SoCs/ASICs, imaging products, microcontrollers, wireless components, mobile peripheral devices, advanced materials and medical tubes that make possible today’s leading smartphones, tablets, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics, industrial applications, enterprise solutions and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world’s sixth largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2014 Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Estimates, December 2014). Founded in Tokyo in 1875, Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide. Visit Toshiba's web site at

1VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or various jurisdictions and VMware Virtual SAN is a trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdiction.

2Read and write speed may vary depending on the host device, read and write conditions, and file size.

3VMware vSphere is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.

Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications.

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