Western Digital Debuts S25 SAS Hard Drives
The drives are also the company's first to include support for T10 Protection Information (PI) for advanced data integrity.Hard-drive manufacturer and storage solutions provider Western Digital (NYSE: WDC) announced the availability of its third-generation S25 SAS hard drives, serving the enterprise server and storage market. Shipping this week, the 2.5-inch, 10,000 rpm, S25 with SAS 6G bps interface hard drives are available in capacities of 300GB, 450GB, 600GB and 900GB. The hard drives are currently shipping to OEMs, with broader availability at select resellers and distributors worldwide later next quarter. The hard drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. The company said the new family of S25 SAS drives was designed to provide the speed required to service an array of enterprise needs, delivering high performance with its 6G bps SAS interface. With its small form factor allowing for more system airflow, resulting in lower cooling costs for customers, the latest S25 SAS drives require less than 8 watts to operate and have a 2.0 million hour Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) rating. Western Digitals third-generation of 2.5-inch SAS drives are also its first to include support for T10 Protection Information (PI) for advanced data integrity, and the first to provide optional models that feature drive-level self-encryption that meets the Trusted Computing Group's specification for Enterprise Class A encryption.
The drives also feature NoTouch ramp load technology, which means the recording head never touches the disk media to help ensure less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit, and Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF), which optimizes operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.