WD introduces new Sentinel storage models

WD introduces new Sentinel storage models

Nov 12, 2013

WD has expanded its small- and medium-sized (SMB) storage solution portfolio with the introduction of the new WD Sentinel DS5100 and WD Sentinel DS6100 (S-series) ultra-compact network storage plus servers.

The WD Sentinel S-series feature high-performance Intel Xeon processors and are pre-installed with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

All WD Sentinel network storage products feature WD enterprise-class hard drives and these four-bay WD Sentinel S-series desktop appliances offer up to 16Tb of raw storage. Additionally, unlike traditional NAS systems, the WD Sentinel S-series allow small businesses to run line-of-business applications on their network storage platform.

“WD is using enterprise-class components to build a new family of network appliances for small businesses,” says Bill Evans, GM of WD’s business storage solutions group.

“The WD Sentinel S-series network appliances are engineered with Intel Xeon processors, pre-populated with WD Se data centre 3,5-inch hard drives for rapid deployment, and feature dedicated 2,5-inch boot drives for maximum reliability.

“No other vendor offers a comparable network storage plus server in an equally small form factor. With a small footprint and quiet fan, an S-series appliance can be deployed anywhere.”

Adds Anamika Budree, WD Branded Sales – South Africa, “The SMB market in South Africa is a burgeoning one and having a product that combines a powerful Intel processor, Microsoft software, reliability and affordability is meeting this segment’s exact requirements. SMBs are no longer an under-served market with this innovative product, delivering enterprise functionality at an appropriate price point.

“An added advantage is that the solution is already engineered, configured and packaged, ensuring little to no setup expertise is required with installation. Furthermore, as these smaller businesses grow, this latest iteration of the Sentinel allows them to scale easily by catering to the addition of the Sentinel DX4000 for additional storage.”

Built by WD, powered by an Intel Xeon processor and running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the WD Sentinel S-series is based on proven technologies from industry leaders. Unlike competitors’ proprietary operating systems, the S-series is a fully configured native Windows Server on which customers can deploy thousands of Windows applications.

“Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials gives customers the benefit of built-in, groundbreaking, low-cost storage technologies, and WD’s Sentinel S-series hardware helps small businesses take advantage of these technologies,” says Jamie Hamilton, director of Marketing, OEM Division at Microsoft .

“We are pleased to work with WD to tackle the small business, first-server opportunity. WD’s hardware engineering expertise, previous success with network storage products based on Windows Storage Server, and leadership in offering an R2 version of Windows Server 2012 Essentials puts WD in a good position to serve this industry.”

The WD Sentinel S-series include WD 3,5-inch data centre-class hard drives for enhanced data security. Businesses gain enterprise-class reliability with dual dedicated boot drives (optional on WD Sentinel DS5100), dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and dual external DC-in power adapter ports.

This engineered redundancy, along with a bezel lock for physical security, all add to the reliability of this ultra-compact network storage plus server that can be deployed virtually anywhere.