Thursday, September 27th 2012

Western Digital Launches 4 TB WD RE SAS, WD RE SATA Hard Drives

WD, a Western Digital company, and a leader in the mobile, desktop, high-capacity enterprise and consumer markets for hard drives today announced it is further expanding its enterprise-class storage offerings with the release of new WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives in capacities up to 4 TB, the largest on the market today.

Available immediately in 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities for nearline SAS and 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB for SATA, the 3.5-inch WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives offer the powerful combination of enterprise-class features and superior capacity to meet the growing demands of conventional business-critical environments as well as the high-capacity and performance requirements of cloud and scale-out computing.


"Given the insatiable need for storage capacity across all market segments, WD is offering both SAS and SATA interfaces for the WD 4 TB RE hard drives to best support both private and public clouds," said Doug Pickford, senior director of business marketing for WD's enterprise business unit. "WD continues to pioneer the capacity-optimized 3.5-inch market segment, in particular, and the WD RE SAS and SATA 4 TB drives are designed, tested and optimized for enterprise storage and applications, enabling 33% greater capacity than previously available drives and up to 2.4 PB of raw capacity in a single enterprise rack."

"With the new 4 TB 7,200 hard disk drives from WD, the Dell PowerVault MD3 Array series will offer customers more storage capacity than ever before." said Brett Roscoe, general manager and executive director, PowerVault and data management solutions, Dell Storage. "The new 4 TB HDDs on our recently announced MD3 Dense arrays will allow our customers to store even more data in a compact form factor, with up to 240 TB of data storage in a single dense array and up to a maximum of 720 TB utilizing a single MD3 Dense array and two 60 disk MD3 expansion enclosures."

"High density storage, low power consumption, and reliability are crucial for Cloud, Big Data, and data center infrastructures and services," said Andy Morgan, senior director of Storage Platforms at Xyratex. "Through the early qualification of our partner's enterprise products like WD for compatibility with our own OneStor solutions, we are providing our OEM customers a means to address these requirements and profit from these growing markets."

Features of the new WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives include:

● Dual port, full duplex connectivity: Ideal for leading business-critical enterprise topologies.
● 1.4M hours MTBF / 1.2M hours MTBF: Provides the highest level of reliability for 24x7 and up to 100% duty applications, for the WD RE SAS and SATA, respectively.
● Planet friendly: RoHS compliant, halogen reduced components.
● NoTouch ramp load technology: Recording heads never touch the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to recording heads and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
● Dual Stage Actuation (DSA) and Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF): Best in class operation and performance when drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
● Highest Capacity: Perfect for maximum capacity enterprise storage solutions, such as scale out, cloud storage, RAID arrays, and NAS; a massive 2.4 PB of available storage (with 10 4U, 60 bay enclosures).
● Highest Reliability: 5-disk platform, 800 GB per platter, SAS-interface, 6 Gb/sec transfer rates built for high performance 24x7.

Price and Availability

Available through select distributors and resellers, the 3.5-inch WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty.
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14 Comments on Western Digital Launches 4 TB WD RE SAS, WD RE SATA Hard Drives

#2
TheGuruStud
Anyone have a 1st born to sacrifice for the 4 TB? :roll:

I'm hoping to snag some 2-3 TBs on BF without being bent over too bad.
How can we build big raids with these retarded prices?
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#3
Jizzler
That's some pretty close pricing between SAS and SATA.

When dealing with a modest number, say 16 drives in a 3U, the price difference is only $320. At 600 drives as mentioned in the OP the difference is $12,000, but you already have $275K put into drives.
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#4
KissSh0t
4TB Hard Drives make me feel sexy.
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#5
Prima.Vera
by: KissSh0t
4TB Hard Drives make me feel sexy.
How about the 8TB ones?? :o:p
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#7
jihadjoe
by: TheGuruStud
Anyone have a 1st born to sacrifice for the 4 TB? :roll:

I'm hoping to snag some 2-3 TBs on BF without being bent over too bad.
How can we build big raids with these retarded prices?
Less than 2x the price of the 2GB model seems pretty reasonable to me. You'd spend more building a raid of the same size using smaller drives.
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TheGuruStud
by: jihadjoe
Less than 2x the price of the 2GB model seems pretty reasonable to me. You'd spend more building a raid of the same size using smaller drives.
No way in hell you're getting me to pay for RE drives that aren't any better than the desktop versions if history holds true.

I don't care, I'll use green drives. It'll work fine for me.
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theeldest
by: TheGuruStud
No way in hell you're getting me to pay for RE drives that aren't any better than the desktop versions if history holds true.

I don't care, I'll use green drives. It'll work fine for me.
If you're OK using the Green drives, then this isn't directed toward you.


Regarding artlicle: Nice cheap prices on the 4TB SAS drives. Now I just need to see if I can convince my boss to order 180 of these ...
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#11
RejZoR
So, these are 4 platter, 1TB each. Give us 4TB Caviar Black's...
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#12
Melvis
Thats a lot of Data gone in one go. To big for my liking.
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#13
RejZoR
I don't think it's that big of an issue. I mean, HDD's very very (very) rarely die out of the blue like SSD's tend to. SMART sensors usually pick up the issue and then you know it's time to change it.
I'm running Crystal Disk Info on all my systems in real-time because of this and so far all is well. It saved my data once when Samsung started casuing problems.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: RejZoR
I don't think it's that big of an issue. I mean, HDD's very very (very) rarely die out of the blue like SSD's tend to. SMART sensors usually pick up the issue and then you know it's time to change it.
I'm running Crystal Disk Info on all my systems in real-time because of this and so far all is well. It saved my data once when Samsung started casuing problems.
This thing will likely have a pretty high failure rate to being with. When 2TB and later 3TB disks started to show up they had high numbers too. Personally I'd wait a few months before buying one, if I was in the market.
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