WD talks next-gen Red drives

Storage specialist joins Dubai Silicon Oasis Pavilion

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WD talks next-gen Red drives Saifuddin: The new drives reduce overall power consumption.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 22, 2013

Storage specialist WD is participating at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, in the DSOA Pavilion, in a bid to promote its second generation Red hard drives. The WD Red drives are said to be purpose built for NAS enclosures with between 1-to-5 drive bays that are designed for homes and small offices.

“WD was the first storage vendor in the world to launch a hard drive that was designed for 1-to-5 bay SOHO NAS enclosures. We made history again with our second generation Red drives as we are the only storage vendor in the world that manufactures a 2.5-inch drive that is designed for SOHO 1-to-5 bay NAS enclosures,” says Khwaja Saifuddin, Senior Sales Director for Middle East, Africa & South Asia, WD.

With the launch of the second generation Red drives, WD now offers a 4TB 3.5-inch drive, as well as a 2.5-inch variant that offers capacities of 750GB and 1TB. All of WD’s second generation Red drives are equipped with NASware 2.0 technology. WD says the technology enables the Red drives to thrive in demanding 24/7 NAS environments by optimizing drive performance and reliability. “The Red drives also feature WD’s IntelliPower technology which serves to reduce power consumption. Given that a SOHO NAS enclosure could have as many as five drives, IntelliPower can appreciably reduce overall power consumption, which will result in lower electric bills at the end of the month,” adds Saifuddin.

The company is also touting the broad compatibility of the WD Red drives as a major feature. Saifuddin concludes, “The WD Red drives have been tested and pre-qualified to work with hundreds of NAS enclosures from several different NAS vendors. Thanks to this, a consumer doesn’t have to worry about choosing the right drive for his NAS.”

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