WD, a Western Digital company, has announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red Pro hard drive line with the release of 5Tb and 6Tb capacities. The WD Red Pro family is ideal for Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems having up to 16 drive bays and serving businesses with more expansive storage needs than the standard WD Red drives.
Shipping now, WD Red Pro 5Tb and 6Tb drives leverage an enhanced design and 128 MB cache to deliver data transfer rates of 214 Mbps. WD’s NASware 3.0 features technology promoting data protection, high NAS performance and reliable integration.
“WD is providing customers a full portfolio of high capacity NAS storage solutions (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for home, consumer and business NAS solutions.” says Cindi Grace, senior vice-president of WD storage technology group. “With the capacity expansion, there is now a path for customers to increase the storage density of their systems while knowing their data is protected with the most trusted and valued brand on the market.”
WD Red Pro 6 TB hard drives feature the following:
* Up to 16 Bay Shock Protection – Equipped with a multi- axis shock sensor, the drive automatically detects subtle shock events and, along with dynamic fly height technology, adjusts each read-write function to compensate and protect the data, further protecting the drive in large one to 16-bay NAS environments.
* NASware 3.0 – Exclusive advanced firmware enables seamless integration, robust data protection and optimal performance for systems operating in the demanding NAS environment.
* Vibration Protection – Hardware vibration compensation technology monitors the drive to correct both linear and rotational vibration in real time, further increasing drive reliability and enabling high performance in higher vibration systems caused from drive to drive vibration as well as from the high speed fans used to cool the larger systems.
* Longer Warranty Coverage – Complimenting WD Red drives at a three year limited warranty, WD Red Pro offers longer warranty coverage with a five year limited warranty.
“Due to the rapid growth of data and the need to store this data in a secure environment, organisations will definitely get to a point where their hard drive capacity is maxed. To overcome this, organisations should look for drives with the highest possible capacities that are reliable, best-in-their-class and have been tested and approved,” says Kalvin Subbadu, WD Storage Technology sales manager for South Africa.