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Storage stalwart Western Digital announced that it's expanding its enterprise-class storage line with the release of new WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives in capacities up to 4TB, matching the largest capacity current available in the market. If that's too much storage, the new SAS drives will also ship in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, and the same with the SATA drives, minus the 1TB model.
"Given the insatiable need for storage capacity across all market segments, WD is offering both SAS and SATA interfaces for the WD 4 TB RE hard drives to best support both private and public clouds," said Doug Pickford, senior director of business marketing for WD’s enterprise business unit. "WD continues to pioneer the capacity-optimized 3.5-inch market segment, in particular, and the WD RE SAS and SATA 4 TB drives are designed, tested and optimized for enterprise storage and applications, enabling 33 percent greater capacity than previously available drives and up to 2.4 PB of raw capacity in a single enterprise rack."
WD's enterprise-class HDDs differ from consumer drives in that they offer a number of IT friendly features, like dual port, full duplex connectivity and several technologies intended to enhance reliability, all of which come at a premium. Pricing breaks down as follows:
The drives are available now through select distributors and resellers, and are backed by a 5-year warranty.