Western Digital Red: A 4 TB hard drive for NAS systems
Western Digital launched three new hard drives under the Red moniker, geared towards NAS systems.
The Red series of hard drives were introduced last year, and today Western Digital announced three new additions: The 2.5-inch form factor 1 TB Red hard drive will cost $99, a 750 GB HDD will be available for $79, and a 4 TB 3.5-inch HDD that is set to retail for $229. All three drives are covered by a three-year warranty.
The Red series of hard drives are manufactured for NAS devices, and WD claims that they have been optimized to function in a 24/7 usage scenario. These drives feature NASware 2.0 technology, which minimizes data loss in the event of a power failure. The drives also run quieter than regular HDDs. WD mentioned that it tests these devices in NAS devices offered by major vendors to ensure their reliability. In an IT research survey conducted earlier this year, it was found that NAS is one of the fastest growing segments in the small-office, home-office (SOHO) storage market.
Matt Rutledge, vice president of client storage systems for WD, said in a statement, “WD led the category in developing hard drives specifically built for small NAS environments with the WD Red product line to service the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable, and compatible storage.”
He also mentioned that, “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 with our new 4 TB offering, but we also wanted to deliver a highly reliable and compatible 2.5-inch hard drive built specifically for small NAS.”
Source: Western Digital