Western Digital's drives offer low-power consumption, a compact form factor and expanded storage capacity.
is offering its second-generation WD S25 server-attached-storage drives and its latest WD RE server-attached-storage 3.5-inch drives for the traditional enterprise market.
the 2.5-inch, 10,000-rpm, WD S25 with SAS 6G bps interface hard drives offer IT
professionals expanded storage with new 450GB and 600GB capacities. The WD S25
line, including the previously released 147GB and 300GB capacities, is designed
for mission-critical server and storage systems. It was announced Jan. 18.
include RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward), which optimizes operation and
performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multidrive chassis,
and requires less than 8 watts to operate. NoTouch ramp-load technology assures
the recording head never touches the disk media, and in addition to being compliant
with ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) regulations, these drives also
incorporate a halogen-free design. Like all the company's enterprise-storage
hard drives, WD S25 carry a standard five-year limited warranty worldwide.
now to OEMs is the new 3.5-inch, 7,200 rpm, WD RE SAS with 6G bps interface
hard drives, which offer 1TB and 2TB capacity points, and represent what the company
called "a key addition" to WD's expanding enterprise product portfolio. The
company also said the WD RE SAS drives mark an important commitment to the
expansion of WD's SAS portfolio for high-capacity data center storage, SANs
(storage area networks), NAS (network-attached storage), DAS (direct-attach
storage), networked surveillance systems and cloud storage.
the demands of our customers and IT professionals in the enterprise market is
the primary driver of our long-term commitment to SAS drives," Darwin
Kauffman, Western Digital's vice president of enterprise-storage solutions,
said in a statement. "Our focused strategy in the enterprise
continues to ensure that customers who have rewarded WD with their preference
of WD drives in other application segments receive the same outstanding values
of quality, reliability, performance and availability with WD's SAS drives. It
is with that commitment that we are now able to meet a wider set of customer
research director of hard-disk drives at IDC, said that over the past
three years, SAS has established itself as the preferred interface for HDDs
(hard-disk drives) in servers and enterprise storage systems, representing
more than 50 percent of all HDDs shipped for enterprise applications in 2010.
"The performance, scalability and reliability of SAS will result in more
than two-thirds of HDDs shipping with a SAS interface for enterprise
applications by 2014," he said.
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.