Western Digital launches 4TB RE Series in both SATA and SAS flavors

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2012 - 05:00 AM |
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, RE, RAID Edition, raid

Today Western Digital announced a new line of RAID Edition (RE) drives. While the WD RE series is not new, preceded by the RE4-GP and faster spinning RE4, it was certainly overdue for an update.

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This update brings the maximum capacity to 4TB and includes a SAS line as well. SATA connectivity will be 6Gb/sec, while SAS will employ dual port full duplex connectivity for the higher end enterprise sector. These drives appear to use the same platter capacity scheme employed by the recent WD Red Series, though the PR blast states 800GB/platter. I'm awaiting clarification on that point, as the math doesn't seem to work out evenly. Pricing is at a premium for these models, as they are intended for enterprise use. Mid to high $400's for SATA and SAS. Pricey, but still 1/10th of current good deals on SSDs.

Press blast (and detailed pricing) after the break!

WD® MAXIMIZES ENTERPRISE STORAGE WITH 4 TB WD RE SAS, WD RE SATA HARD DRIVES
New 3.5-inch Nearline Drives Provide Leading Capacity, Highest Reliability for 24x7, 100% Duty
Cycle Operating Environments
IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 27, 2012 – WD®, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), and a leader in the mobile, desktop, high-capacity enterprise and consumer markets for hard drives today announced it is further expanding its enterprise-class storage offerings with the release of new WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives in capacities up to 4 TB, the largest on the market today. Available immediately in 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities for nearline SAS and 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB for SATA, the 3.5-inch WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives offer the powerful combination of enterprise-class features and superior capacity to meet the growing demands of conventional business-critical environments as well as the high-capacity and performance requirements of cloud and scale-out computing.

“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% greater capacity than previously available drives and up to 2.4 PB of raw capacity in a single enterprise rack.”

“With the new 4 TB 7,200 hard disk drives from WD, the Dell PowerVault MD3 Array series will offer customers more storage capacity than ever before.” said Brett Roscoe, general manager and executive director, PowerVault and data management solutions, Dell Storage. “The new 4 TB HDDs on our recently announced MD3 Dense arrays will allow our customers to store even more data in a compact form factor, with up to 240 TB of data storage in a single dense array and up to a maximum of 720 TB utilizing a single MD3 Dense array and two 60 disk MD3 expansion enclosures.”

“High density storage, low power consumption, and reliability are crucial for Cloud, Big Data, and data center infrastructures and services,” said Andy Morgan, senior director of Storage Platforms at Xyratex. “Through the early qualification of our partner’s enterprise products like WD for compatibility with our own OneStorTM solutions, we are providing our OEM customers a means to address these requirements and profit from these growing markets.”

Features of the new WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives include:

  • Dual port, full duplex connectivity: Ideal for leading business-critical enterprise topologies.
  • 1.4M hours MTBF / 1.2M hours MTBF: Provides the highest level of reliability for 24x7 and up to
  • 100% duty applications, for the WD RE SAS and SATA, respectively.
  • Planet friendly: RoHS compliant, halogen reduced components.
  • NoTouch™ ramp load technology: Recording heads never touch the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to recording heads and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
  • Dual Stage Actuation (DSA) and Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™): Best in class operation and performance when drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
  • Highest Capacity: Perfect for maximum capacity enterprise storage solutions, such as scale out, cloud storage, RAID arrays, and NAS; a massive 2.4 PB of available storage (with 10 4U, 60 bay enclosures).
  • Highest Reliability: 5-disk platform, 800 GB per platter, SAS-interface, 6 Gb/sec transfer rates built for high performance 24x7.

Price and Availability
Available through select distributors and resellers, the 3.5-inch WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA hard drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. Additional information about WD RE SAS enterprise hard drives and limited warranty terms may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=580 and WD RE SATA enterprise hard drives can be found at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=30.

WD RE Enterprise Hard Drives
Model Number Capacity and Features MSRP (USD)
WD4001FYYG 4 TB, SAS 6 Gb/s $479.00
WD3001FYYG 3 TB, SAS 6 Gb/s $369.00
WD2001FYYG 2 TB, SAS 6 Gb/s $249.00
WD1001FYYG 1 TB, SAS 6 Gb/s $139.00
WD4000FYYZ 4 TB, SATA 6 Gb/s $459.00
WD3000FYYZ 3 TB, SATA 6 Gb/s $349.00
WD2000FYYZ 2 TB, SATA 6 Gb/s $229.00

 

September 27, 2012 | 06:41 AM - Posted by Prodeous (not verified)

4TB... I'm still on 1TB. But I can imagine how easy it is to fill it when you create animation/video/photo composition..

Still, can't wait for a review from Allen.

September 27, 2012 | 11:34 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I bet Dell will charge us triple to have these in our NAS.
WD4001FYYG 4 TB, SAS 6 Gb/s $479.00 looks like a sweet price point for us, but Dell always wants drives certified by them which means triple the price

October 4, 2012 | 01:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I poop and pee at the same time sometimes.

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