Western Digital enter the Enterprise HDD market with 2.5” S25 SAS drive
It may come as a surprise to some of you that despite leading in the desktop, mobile and consumer drive markets for decades, Western Digital have never actually made an entry into the traditional enterprise storage market.
This is all set to change however, as WD release their new S25 2.5” SAS drives, available in capacities of 300GB and 147GB.
"Our entry into the traditional-enterprise market continues the strategic expansion and diversification of WD's broad market and product portfolio, and significantly increases our addressable revenue opportunity," said John Coyne, president and CEO of WD. "As with our previous market expansion and diversification efforts, WD will approach the traditional enterprise space with the same focus on quality, customer service, technology and value that has earned us strong positions in every market we serve."
Some of the key features of the new drives include:
• Ultra fast - 6 Gb/s transfer rates and SAS 2.0 feature set delivering sustained sequential data rates of 128 MB/sec and high random IO rates.
• Low power consumption - Requires less than 8W to operate.
• Dual port, full duplex connectivity for the mission-critical Enterprise topologies.
• Industry's highest reliability rating at 1.6 million hours MTTF (MTBF).
• Preformatted for PCs - Designed for use with Windows-based computers. Can be easily reformatted for use with Macs.
• Planet friendly with RoHS compliant halogen reduced components.
Western Digital claim that the drives are ideal for performance servers and storage in data centres with large raid arrays, although I could really go for a few of these in my rig with a decent SAS card! 128MB/s sustained is a blistering speed for a mechanical drive, and will no doubt come at a cost, especially with these being enterprise drives.
They look to be based on WD’s VelociRaptor enthusiast drives, which aren’t very far behind the S25 on paper, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if somebody’s actually nuts enough to review one if we want a comparison... (Jimbo could you please report to the OC3D headquarters and make this happen!)