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WD announces first enterprise-class hard drives

Storage units targeted at growing scale-out data centre market

Storage and backup, Data centres, Western Digital Corporation

Western Digital company WD this week announced availability of its WD Se line of hard drives, its first designed for scale-out data centre deployments.

Built on an enterprise-grade platform aimed at 24x7x365 data centre operations, WD Se is designed for "performance, reliability and robustness" for large-scale replicated environments, mid-sized network attached storage (NAS) deployments and backup/archiving applications.

WD Se is an enterprise-class drive built to take advantage of the massive growth of semi-structured data, which is accelerating the scale-out of data centres of all sizes. Now shipping in capacities up to 4 TB, the new drives are designed to deliver high capacity in multi-drive enclosures without "compromising" enterprise-class features, according to WD.

 "Today's cloud data centre installations require a cost-effective way to build large-scale storage systems, while maintaining the 24x7 reliability necessary to minimise total cost of ownership," said Richard E Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's data centre storage business unit.

"WD's utilisation of vast amounts of manufacturing and engineering data has forced us - like many other companies - to use map-reduce methodologies to effectively analyse our data. The WD Se hard drives are used in our own big data centre, where we have gained real-world experience with Apache Hadoop."

WD Se drives also seek to address the fast-growing SMB to mid-range network-attached storage (NAS) market.

"The robust enterprise-class design and higher workload capabilities for SMB-focused 6-bay-plus table-top NAS units and rack-mount multi-tenant NAS solutions with up to 24 bays, provide NAS integrators a complement to WD Red hard drives, which are for small NAS systems," WD said.

The company's other data centre hard drives - WD Xe and WD Re - round out the high-end of the NAS market.

"Together, WD Se, WD Xe, WD Re and WD Red provide a total portfolio of robust storage devices to match every size and scale of NAS deployment," WD added.