Western Digital Releases 2.5" VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM HDD

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2008 - 09:35 AM |

Western Digital sent out news this morning about the release of a new member of the VelociRaptor hard drive family.  A desktop ready VelociRaptor hard drive came out in April of this year and quickly took its place as the fastest available hard drive on the market; now Western Digital is releasing a 2.5" version of the VelociRaptor for enterprise applications.

The new 2.5" VelociRaptor is basically the same as the 3.5" desktop version without the attached heat spreader - it still features a 10,000 RPM spindle speed, 3.0 Gb/s data transfer speeds, up to 300 GB capacities and incredibly impressive overall performance.  We showed you in our original review that Western Digital had obviously taken a server/blade-ready HDD form factor and adjusted it to the desktop market - now Western Digital is taking the next logical step and releasing an enterprise-branded version of the hard drive for blades and 1U/2U servers. 

The VelociRaptor 3.5" drive is really a 2.5" drive set in an enclosure for integration with standard desktop chassis

Enterprise customers will get the performance of SAS with the connectivity simplicity of standard SATA drives and a mean-time-between-failure rating of 1.4 million hours.  In case you might need a reminder of the performance the VelociRaptor drive provided in its desktop form:

The new 2.5" version of Western Digital's VelociRaptor will be available by the end of the month.


The World’s Fastest Enterprise SATA Hard Drive, WD VelociRaptor™, Now Available for Low-power, High-performance Blade Server Applications

LAKE FOREST, CALIF. – July 23, 2008 – WD® (NYSE: WDC) announced today the WD VelociRaptor™ 10,000 RPM enterprise SATA hard drives in an enterprise-class 2.5-inch form factor for blade servers and 1U and 2U rack servers. The newest WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built for business-critical applications with enterprise-class mechanics and packs up to 300 GB of capacity into the enterprise small form factor bays, while consuming 35 percent less power than the previous-generation WD Raptor® drive.

     “WD is bringing to enterprise customers what PC enthusiasts already appreciate about the WD VelociRaptor: a combination of high performance and high capacity for hard drive storage,” said John Rydning, IDC's research director for hard disk drives. “WD's new WD VelociRaptor, designed specifically for the enterprise in an energy efficient 2.5-inch form factor, gives system OEMs and end users a new storage option to consider to meet growing storage requirements.”

     WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives are designed and manufactured to enterprise-class standards to provide high reliability in high duty cycle environments, resulting in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.

     “In the server market, demand for high performance drives continues to shift from the 3.5-inch form factor to the enterprise 2.5-inch form factor,” said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD’s Enterprise Storage Solutions business unit. “The new 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drive is the only drive available that can offer server customers the flexibility of integrating SATA technology while benefiting from server-class performance and reliability.”

     Features of the new WD VelociRaptor hard drives include:

Killer Speed –10,000 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache deliver enterprise-class performance.

Rock-solid Reliability – WD VelociRaptor drives are designed and manufactured to business-critical, enterprise-class standards to provide high reliability in high duty cycle environments. The design results in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.

Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™) technology – Optimizes performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.

Ultra-cool operation – WD VelociRaptor drives consume 35 percent less power than the previous generation of WD Raptor drive.

NoTouch™ ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.


     WD VelociRaptor 2.5-inch hard drives (model WD3000BLFS) are under evaluation with OEM customers and will be available through select commercial distributors by the end of the month. More information about WD VelociRaptor hard drives may be found on the company's Web site at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=494.

Source: 3DCenter

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