Thursday, March 5th 2020

Western Digital Announces the WD Gold Series U.2 NVMe Enterprise SSDs

Western Digital is enabling small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to easily transition to NVMe storage and dramatically improve application performance with a new addition to its portfolio of data center NVMe SSDs: the first enterprise-class NVMe SSD in the WD Gold family. Industry analyst firm IDC expects NVMe unit shipments to reach more than 79 percent of the market by 2023. With advancements in multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs, legacy storage technology has become a bottleneck to maximum application performance.

Shipping in early cQ2 2020, the new WD Gold NVMe SSDs will be available in four capacities to channel partners and end customers. The WD Gold NVMe SSD is designed to be the primary storage in servers delivering superior response times, higher throughput and greater scale than existing SATA devices for enterprise applications. WD Gold NVMe SSDs complement recently launched WD Gold HDDs by providing a high-performance storage tier for applications and data sets that requires low latency or high throughput.
The new WD Gold NVMe SSDs are designed with Western Digital's silicon-to-system expertise, from its 3D TLC NAND SSD media to its purpose-built firmware and own integrated controller. Customers have the high reliability for peace of mind that power-loss and data-path protection provide, as well as an extended five-year limited warranty. Secure boot and secure erase provide customers with additional data-management protections.

"Pick any industry - the world is being transformed by data. There is transformation and innovation happening across many IT fronts, and across virtually every industry, large and small, and it's all driven by data," said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Business at Western Digital. "Transitioning to NVMe is fundamental to unlocking the performance potential of high-speed storage media, enabling new applications, use cases and workloads. The addition of WD Gold NVMe SSDs to our currently shipping high-capacity WD Gold HDDs means channel partners and customers have expanded, robust options to achieve faster time-to-value."

Western Digital's data center solutions address a variety of needs in a fast-moving and ever-changing data technology landscape. Its broad data center portfolio includes its family of Ultrastar HDDs and SSDs; WD Gold HDDs and SSDs; OpenFlex NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF ) open composable infrastructure; Ultrastar JBOF/JBOD storage platforms; NVMe-oF bridge solutions; and the Ultrastar memory extension drive.

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11 Comments on Western Digital Announces the WD Gold Series U.2 NVMe Enterprise SSDs

#1
cyberloner
yummie but i think the price... :(
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#2
Legacy-ZA
Prices will have to come down a lot more in order for them to replace HDD's completely.

On a side note; what is with the lack of pricing, expected performance and longevity from the manufacturer within this article?
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#3
UltraThicc
Genuine question here, Is the durability of SSD same as HDD ?
I'm considering replace my WD black HDD with SSD, the hard drive noise is driving me crazy.
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#4
Jetster
UltraThicc
Genuine question here, Is the durability of SSD same as HDD ?
I'm considering replace my WD black HDD with SSD, the hard drive noise is driving me crazy.
Yes SSDs out last platter drives by far now
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#5
Parn
UltraThicc
Genuine question here, Is the durability of SSD same as HDD ?
I'm considering replace my WD black HDD with SSD, the hard drive noise is driving me crazy.
Yes. That's why I've replaced all the storage disk in my desktops with SSD. However for my server, I simply can't afford multiple 2/4TB SSDs for RAID.
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#6
kapone32
I wonder when we will see 4 and 8 TB well priced SSDs for the consumer space.
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#7
bonehead123
Legacy-ZA
On a side note; what is with the lack of pricing, expected performance and longevity from the manufacturer within this article
They apparently don't care to provide that info, 'cause these are not intended to be consumer drives, so there isn't as much of a focus on the factors you mentioned...

And missing price info is not a problem, it's a copy/paste press release FEATURE, meant to make you have to spend more of your time googling for it, hahaha ...:laugh:...:roll:...:fear:
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#8
Patriot
cyberloner
yummie but i think the price... :(
For us, yes, for enterprise with the OEM markups, there is typically little to no difference in sata/sas/nvme pricing :/
Which is kinda annoying and stupid... but it really pushes latest technology.
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#9
Prima.Vera
What's with the weird sizes? Why not making them 8TB, 4TB, 2TB or 1TB ??
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agatong55
Prima.Vera
What's with the weird sizes? Why not making them 8TB, 4TB, 2TB or 1TB ??
Maybe telling you the size of the drive after they are added to windows?
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Patriot
Prima.Vera
What's with the weird sizes? Why not making them 8TB, 4TB, 2TB or 1TB ??
agatong55
Maybe telling you the size of the drive after they are added to windows?
No, it has to do with how much nand is set up for overprovisioning for both steady performance and longevity.
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