WD pushes enterprise storage limit with 4TB drives

New 3.5-inch nearline drives provide ‘leading capacity, highest reliability’

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By  Stephen McBride Published  November 25, 2012

Western Digital company WD announced last week it is further expanding its enterprise-class storage offerings with the release of new WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives in capacities up to 4 TB.

Available immediately in 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities for nearline SAS and 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB for SATA, the 3.5-inch WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives offer a combination of enterprise-class features and high capacity and WD hopes to target conventional business-critical environments as well as  cloud and scale-out computing.

     “Given the insatiable need for storage capacity across all market segments, WD is offering both SAS and SATA interfaces for the WD 4 TB RE hard drives to best support both private and public clouds,” said Doug Pickford, senior director of business marketing for WD’s enterprise business unit. “WD continues to pioneer the capacity-optimised 3.5-inch market segment in particular, and the WD RE SAS and SATA 4 TB drives are designed, tested and optimised for enterprise storage and applications, enabling 33% greater capacity than previously available drives and up to 2.4 PB of raw capacity in a single enterprise rack.”

     “With the new 4 TB 7,200 hard disk drives from WD, the Dell PowerVault MD3 Array series will offer customers more storage capacity than ever before.” said Brett Roscoe, general manager and executive director, PowerVault and data management solutions, Dell Storage. “The new 4 TB HDDs on our recently announced MD3 Dense arrays will allow our customers to store even more data in a compact form factor, with up to 240 TB of data storage in a single dense array and up to a maximum of 720 TB utilising a single MD3 Dense array and two 60 disk MD3 expansion enclosures.”

     “High density storage, low power consumption, and reliability are crucial for cloud, big data, and data center infrastructures and services,” said Andy Morgan, senior director of Storage Platforms at Xyratex. “Through the early qualification of our partner’s enterprise products like WD for compatibility with our own OneStorTM solutions, we are providing our OEM customers a means to address these requirements and profit from these growing markets.”

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