Western drives collaboration

Western Digital and Intel have announced the release of the WD Raptor hard drive, which has been certified, and validated SATA and Intel RAID Controller compatible by the two companies.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  April 13, 2003

Western Digital and Intel have announced the release of the WD Raptor hard drive, which has been certified, and validated SATA and Intel RAID Controller compatible by the two companies.

Serial ATA (SATA), which has been developed as the replacement for the Parallel ATA physical storage interface, provides for systems that are easier to design, with cables that are simpler to route and install. While Intel’s RAID provides full-featured data protection for high-end desktops and entry-level servers.

“Intel’s commitment to enterprise-class Serial ATA technology is an important factor for systems builders and storage providers,” said Richard E Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital.

The Raptor, which is being made available to system builders and storage providers globally, is the first SATA product of its kind designed to meet the high performance demands of enterprise applications according to Western Digital.

John Monroe, a vice president and chief analyst with market research firm Gartner believes companies are likely to adopt more SATA devices over the next few years. “Leading companies are beginning to seriously consider multiple interface option in a diverse array of storage systems. By 2007, more than 30% of all hard disk drives configured in multi-user environments will incorporate serial ATA interfaces…Serial ATA will enable relatively inexpensive drives to play a major role in enterprise storage applications.”

Routledge is equally optimistic for the future of the technology. “We anticipate an increasingly wide adoption of SATA in servers and storage systems as the infrastructure builds,” he said.

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