Western Digital aims at enterprise with SAS drive

Western Digital continues its diversification with serial attached SCSI drive aimed at enterprise data centres

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Western Digital aims at enterprise with SAS drive CEO at WD, John Coyne, is steering the company down a diversification path with the release of a new high-end capacity storage device.
By  Julian Pletts Published  November 4, 2009

Storage vendor Western Digital has made a play for the high-end enterprise networking market with the launch of its serial attached SCSI (SAS) interface hard drive the WD S25 SAS.

Known for its strong showing in the desktop and laptop storage, the vendor is now aiming at attracting enterprise CIOs and IT managers to invest in its storage wares.

WD has begun volume shipping the S25 SAS drives to the region and states that it provides up to 300GB of high-performance storage suitable for both mission-critical enterprise server and enterprise storage applications. These include high-I/O-driven applications and configurations and the S25 SAS is also suitable for data centres and large data arrays.

"Our entry into the traditional-enterprise market continues the strategic expansion and diversification of WD's broad market and product portfolio, and significantly increases our addressable revenue opportunity," said John Coyne, president and CEO of WD.

"As with our previous market expansion and diversification efforts, WD will approach the traditional enterprise space with the same focus on quality, customer service, technology and value that has earned us strong positions in every market we serve," asserted Coyne.

In addition to impressive speed credentials, such as 3 Gb/s and 6 Gb/s SAS interfaces and a sustained sequential data rate of 128 MB/sec, the new SAS drives meets the 1.6 M hour MTBF rating.

Saif Khwaja, WD's sales director for the Middle East and Africa, region states that the company is looking to build on any success that it has with the S25 SAS in this market to firmly establish itself as an enterprise-level storage player.

"This new family of SAS products adds to our existing large capacity SATA near-line enterprise product portfolio. This first product is the foundation upon which we will expand into the previously untapped traditional enterprise market," said Khwaja.

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