WD addresses power use with new hard drives

Company promises industry-leading watt-per-gigabyte ratio coupled with the long-trusted reliability of the WD Re hard drive platform

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WD addresses power use with new hard drives WD Re+ Hard Drive
By  David Ndichu Published  March 12, 2015

WD seeks to address major power consumption concerns for organizations in their data centres with the launch of the WD Re+ Hard Drive family.

WD Re+ Hard Drives, WD says, deliver the lowest power consumption of any high-capacity 3.5-inch hard drive available today.

The WD Re+ hard drive family is the newest component of WD's full, tiered portfolio of high-capacity datacenter storage devices. Further expanding that portfolio will be 6 terabyte (TB) capacities for WD's popular WD Re and WD Se datacenter product lines, providing customers a spectrum of capabilities, tiered to their varied demands of application intensity, power optimization and cost efficiency.

In the modern datacenter, the total cost of ownership (TCO) formula is comprised of capacity, price, power consumption and the relationships between these variables. The WD Re+ drive provides the most power efficient and high-intensity high-capacity platform available today, WD adds.

With power consumption a primary consideration in today's large web-scale cloud infrastructures as well, the WD Re+ drive consumption of only 6 watts for 6 TB, customers' TCOs increase and savings for large deployments could be millions of dollars per year.

 "Dollars and watts are the finite currencies in the modern datacenter," said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of storage technology at WD. "With a leading watt-per-gigabyte ratio and the long-trusted reliability of the WD Re hard drive platform, WD Re+ offers our customers having limited power budgets a WD Re-class choice for tier-2, high-intensity storage applications. Massive, scale-out deployments must deliver tremendous value to customers across a range of applications, while providing a healthy return to the infrastructure owner. WD is focused on offering that value across its portfolio." 

WD's award-winning WD Re platform now offers up to 6 TB for demanding datacenter and cloud storage needs. WD Re hard drives also are designed to handle up to 550 TB per year in high-intensity datacenter applications. They offer SATA interface with up to 6 Gb/s transfer rates and sustained sequential data rates of up to 225 MB/s, delivering performance and reliability needed in any datacenter.

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