Western Digital targets enterprise storage market

The WD Raptor drive touts 1.2 million hours mean time between failure, 10,000 RPM, 5.2 milliseconds average seek time and a five year warranty.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  February 18, 2003

Western Digital is charging into the enterprise storage market with its WD Raptor hard drive. The Enterprise Serial ATA drive touts 1.2 million hours mean time between failure, 10,000 RPM, 5.2 milliseconds average seek time and a five year warranty.

“Over the last three years, Western Digital’s business has progressed significantly,” says Arif Shakeel, president and COO for Western Digital.

“Our entrance into the enterprise market marks the next step in our growth. With this announcement, Western Digital extends beyond our consistently profitable desktop market, and brings unique Western Digital know-how to the enterprise market. With exploding growth predicted, Western Digital is poised to continue to be an important player in the core of the rapidly growing storage marketplace,” he adds.

According to IDC, average year-over-year storage growth between 2002 and 2006 will be 46%, with a gradual increase to approximately 60% in 2006. Other storage market pundits expect average IT budgets to grow at relatively slow rates — single-digit percentages year-over-year. Consequently more organisations are investigating ways to streamline their storage environment.

Serial ATA is a new interface technology that enables storage providers and customer improved reliability, availability, scalability and performance for the enterprise. Western Digital designed the interface into its own new enterprise mechanical platform for the WD Raptor.

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