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WD launches Red drives for NAS systems

The hard drives are now shipping in 3.5-inch 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities

WD launches Red drives for NAS systems
The WD Red drives are available in capacities of 1TB, 2TB and 3TB.

WD has launched its WD Red NAS hard drives that target home and small office NAS systems with one to five drive bays.

The hard drives are now shipping in 3.5-inch 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities. WD’s Red line features ‘NASware’ technology and is designed to improve reliability whilst simplifying the integration process. WD Red drives also have a feature called ‘3D Active Balance Plus’, an enhanced balance control technology which WD says improves the drives performance and reliability. Additionally, all WD Red customers will be offered free 24x7 dedicated support and a three-year limited warranty.

“The network attached entry level storage market is poised to grow at an 86.2 percent 2011-2016 CAGR,” according to John Rydning, IDC's research vice president for hard disk drives. “WD's new WD Red hard disk drives offer a unique combination of product features and customer support for users seeking to expand the capacity of their entry-level network attached storage solutions.”

“Until now, customers had to choose between using desktop or high-end server drives for their home or small office NAS systems – neither of which were both cost effective for consumer solutions and fully NAS compatible,” said Melyssa Banda, senior director of product marketing for WD. “WD saw this challenge as a perfect opportunity to design a better solution so we developed WD Red drives, an optimized product for this rapidly growing segment.”    

WD Red 1TB drives will cost $103.5, 2TB will cost $127 and the 3TB version will cost $184. The drives will become available across the Middle East towards the end of July.

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