Western Digital highlights green hard drives

Western Digital has been highlighting its recent launch of its enterprise-focused green hard drives at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

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By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 20, 2010

Western Digital has been highlighting its recent launch of its enterprise-focused green hard drives at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, whilst also warning that enterprises should be cautious about moving their entire data infrastructure into the cloud prematurely. Its new hard drives have been designed specifically for enterprises that need to store data, but only infrequently access it.

“It’s important for companies to begin considering the green and financial impact that the vast amount of storage they are implementing is having,” says Khwaja Saifuddin Ahmad, Senior Sales Director for MEASA. “Using consumer-grade hard drives in an enterprise environment wastes energy by reading data when it isn’t necessary,” he adds.

“Now is the time for enterprises to begin looking at how – and upon what – they are going to manage and store their data. As companies begin to put more and more data into the cloud, the challenge will be for businesses to ensure that the information that they are keeping on premises is stored on enterprise-grade hard drives, rather than consumer-grade drives, which we know some do.”

Despite much of the talk at GITEX being about companies moving their entire infrastructure into the cloud, Ahmad warns that it simply isn’t feasible to do so at the moment. “There will always be data that remains stored locally, either because of security or cost,” says Ahmad. “It still remains cheaper to store data locally on hard drives than it does it store it in the cloud. It won’t always remain that way, but for the time being, it’s important for companies to remember that.”

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