WD expands NAS storage offerings

September 2014 IT infrastructure

WD has announced the expansion of its WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB and 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.

“With the expansion and evolution of the WD Red family, WD once again is providing its customers with increased capacity up to 6 TB; improved bay count support with up to 8 bays; increased product breadth with WD Red Pro; and more features with the latest generation of NASware technology,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, WD Storage Technology.

WD Red

With the release of 5 TB and 6 TB models, the WD Red line of hard drives is now further enriched with greater storage capacity and increased performance with NASware 3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware technology, designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process.

WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which improves overall drive performance and reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24x7 dedicated support. By increasing NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of supporting up to eight bay NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.

Kalvin Subbadu, sales manager, WD Components, WD South Africa.
Kalvin Subbadu, sales manager, WD Components, WD South Africa.

Says Kalvin Subbadu, sales manager, WD Components, WD South Africa, “As we see the exponential increase of data in consumer and Small Office Home Office (SOHO) environments, the need for additional storage becomes a pressing issue. The introduction of our new 5 TB and 6 TB capacities will support up to 8 bays is super charging users’ ability to store even more data than ever. This is particularly relevant to the South African market where broadband costs and availability is perpetually improving, ultimately resulting in an increase of digital data downloads.” 

WD Red Pro

Ideal for medium to large business environments, the new WD Red Pro line of NAS hard drives supports 8 to 16 bay NAS systems. The enhanced design offers reliable, high performance storage powered by NASware 3.0. By introducing the WD Red Pro, WD now has a full portfolio NAS storage solution with the WD Red family (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for both consumer and business NAS solutions.

WD Green

The WD Green line of cool and quiet hard drives is also seeing capacity expansion with 5 TB and 6 TB additions for high capacity consumer storage. High capacity WD 6 TB hard drives will integrate seamlessly with WD’s My Cloud, My Cloud EX2, My Cloud EX4, My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage as well as My Book and My Book Duo external drive solutions and are compatible to work with a wide array of WD OEM NAS partners.

These new systems are available from Pinnacle Africa, Drive Control Corporation and Sahara Computers, the WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited regional warranties, respectively.

For more information contact WD, +27 (0)83 277 7634,  [email protected]





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