Western Digital Corp., the world’s largest maker of hard disk drives, on Tuesday expanded its Red lineup of drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one- to five-drive bays. The new family now includes 4TB 3.5” model as well as two 2.5” hard drives with 1TB or 750GB capacities.
“Through dialogue with our NAS partners and customer advocacy for WD Red, we saw the need for additional capacity in the 3.5” form-factor and delivered our new 4TB offering. We also wanted to deliver a highly reliable and compatible 2.5” hard drive built specifically for small NAS. This small form factor enables our customers to use high capacity NAS hard drives with high performance, quiet operation and low power consumption in compact NAS enclosures. We also see an opportunity in smaller-footprint NAS systems, media players and other industrial applications. Our pride in our product and our vision is shared with our customers,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of client storage for WD.
Western Digital Red hard disk drives feature IntelliPower technology, which means that select models may sport variable spindle speed between 5400rpm and 7200rpm, whereas select models may not. The manufacturer guarantees stably high performance thanks to caching algorithms. WD Red 3.5” drives come with 1TB, 2TB, 3TB or 4GB capacities, 64MB cache and Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. WD Red 2.5” will be available in 750GB and 1TB versions, both will be equipped with 16MB cache and Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. Integrating with WD NAS solutions, WD Red hard drives are qualified to work with a wide array of WD OEM partners.
The next generation of WD Red hard drives deliver the best NAS experience for customers with a new version of NASware 2.0, which further improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. WD Red hard drives also feature 3D active balance plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24x7 dedicated phone support and a three-year limited warranty.
Top industry analysts see NAS continuing to represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the worldwide SOHO storage systems market. From both revenue and terabyte perspectives, NAS will continue to experience strong growth through the forecast period (to 2015), driven by a major shift of storage deployments toward IP-connected systems (Worldwide Personal and Entry Level Storage Tracker IDC 2013).
Shipping now through select distributors and resellers, WD Red hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. MSRP for the new 2.5” WD Red 1 TB (WD10JFCX) is $99; the 750GB is $79 and the 3.5” 4TB, model costs $229.