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.
commitment to the industry's fastest-growing segment2.5-inch drivesthe
company is updating our small form factor SAS offering with the advanced
technology of our third-generation drive, including a new 900GB capacity
point," said Darwin Kauffman, vice president of enterprise storage
solutions at Western Digital. "Our latest generation of WD S25 SAS drives
offers a powerful combination of enterprise-class performance and
industry-leading reliability that is ideal for demanding high-performance
computing and mission-critical environments. WD is also delivering higher-capacity
offerings and the power efficiency of the small form factor footprint,
providing the most efficient storage solution for IT professionals and enabling
lower TCO [Total Cost of Ownership]."
The company recently
announced the release of the Sentinel DX4000, a network storage solution aimed
at small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The DX4000 includes the Windows Storage
Server 2008 R2 Essentials operating system software and the Intel D525 Dual
Core Atom CPU. The DX4000 offers centralized shared storage and automatic
server-based backup and restore for up to 25 devices (PC and Mac) in the
network, as well as data protection with built-in hardware and software
redundancy for all connected devices in the network.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.