Western Digital Corporation has announced the expansion of its award-winning color portfolio with a new line; WD Gold datacentre hard drives.
WD Gold data centre hard drives are designed for a broad range of applications – including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers and storage, and rack-mount datacentre servers and storage enclosures. WD Gold drives will be available at select distributors in South Africa in the month of June.
With purpose-driven designs for the datacentre, WD Gold datacenter hard drives are launching with a new, high-capacity configuration of up to 8Tb that offers HelioSeal helium-technology for performance, ideal capacity per square foot, power efficiency and low power consumption for datacenter environments.
WD Gold data centre hard drives feature an optimised design with an 8Tb option that helps reduce the TCO (total cost of ownership) of servers and storage systems, benefiting IT administrators challenged with growing storage capacity needs on limited budgets. WD Gold hard drives will also include a premium dedicated support line for customers worldwide.
“Western Digital has a proven history of providing award-winning purpose-driven products for unique requirements of each application environment, like WD Red, WD Purple and WD Blue drives,” says Brendan Collins, vice-president of product marketing, Western Digital Corporation. “WD Gold is a pinnacle part of the color portfolio strategy and another step in creating optimised drives for the markets we serve. Our continued goal is to deliver the most competitive and reliable solutions on the market.”
Says Kalvin Subbadu, WD storage technology sales manager for South Africa, “As we see continued growth and expansion of datacenters in the South African market, they are increasingly under-pressure to ensure scalable capacity, performance, reliability and power efficiency. Our latest colour-coded introduction of hard drives is delivering just that.”
WD Gold data centre hard drives include:
* Improved power efficiency – New electronics enhance power efficiency up to 15%. HelioSeal technology enables up to 26 percent lower power consumption
* Better performance – Up to 18% sequential performance improvement over previous generation WD Re 4TB datacenter drives, and up to 30% improvement in random write performance over previous generation WD Re 6TB datacenter drives through media-based cache, and up to 3x improvement over competitive offerings
* High reliability – WD Gold incorporates best-of-breed design, manufacturing and test processes to achieve one of the highest reliability ratings in the industry – 2,5-million hours MTBF (8Tb offering)
* Dedicated Premium Support Line and WD Gold Model Numbers – Western Digital offers a 24/7 premium support line for WD Gold customers.