WD expands NAS with WD Red

WD expands NAS with WD Red

Oct 1, 2013

WD, a Western Digital company and storage industry leader, has announced the expansion of its category-leading WD Red line of SATA hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with one- to five-drive bays.

WD Red hard drives are now available in a 2,5-inch form factor offering 1Tb and 750Gb capacities and a new 3,5-inch 4Tb capacity. Powered by NASware 2.0 technology, WD Red is compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimised for performance and reduced power consumption.

“WD defined the NAS drive category by leading development of hard drives specifically built for small NAS environments,” says Matt Rutledge, VP of client storage for WD.

“The WD Red product line serves the unique environment of NAS and meets the growing demand for affordable, reliable, and compatible storage. Through dialogue with our NAS partners and customer advocacy for WD Red, we saw the need for additional capacity in the 3,5-inch form factor and delivered our new 4Tb offering.

“We also wanted to deliver a highly reliable and compatible 2,5-inch 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,” he says.

“The need for more capacity is also apparent in the local market and with the uptake of small to medium NAS devices, augmenting our WD Red hard drive range with a 4Tb makes sense,” says Kalvin Subbadu, WD Components sales manager for South Africa.

“As consumers download more and more digital content and SMBs struggle with the exponential increase of data, the new 4Tb WD Red drive delivers an additional 5Tb more data in a five Bay NAS solution – that’s a total of 20Tb of data.”

“Furthermore, with NAS vendors now manufacturing smaller form factor NAS enclosures, this highlighted the demand for a 2,5-inch WD Red hard drive.

“The market is poised for significant growth in this sector and according to IDC, the Small Form Factor NAS Opportunity is expected to grow by 147% from 2013 to 2014,” says Subbadu.

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.

The next generation of WD Red hard drives deliver the best NAS experience for customers with a new version of NASware 2.0, which 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 24/7 dedicated phone support and a three-year limited warranty.

The addition of a new form factor and higher capacity WD Red hard drives further underscores WD’s “Power of Choice” mission for client hard drive solutions.

Integrating with WD NAS solutions, WD Red hard drives are qualified to work with a wide array of WD OEM partners.