Western Digital Releases WD Red NAS Hard Drives
Being a leader in Hard Drive based storage technology, Western Digital recently released its WD Red NAS hard drive in the Philippines last July 16, 2012. What sets this drive apart from the other WD color coded series is its features are specifically set to work with Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems which are network appliances or low power storage servers typically found at home or small offices.
According to Mimi Wong, PR Manager for Western Digital, the WD Red HDDs carry some features like “The WD Red line features NASware™ technology, designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process. This new product line addresses the unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership. WD Red hard drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves the overall drive performance and reliability. In an exclusive for WD Red customers, WD is offering free premium 24×7 dedicated support and a three-year limited warranty.”
The whole rationale as to why WD released the Red to the public is due to increased consumer spending on NAS solutions. According to John Rynding, IDC’s research vice president for HDDs, “The network attached entry level storage market is poised to grow at an 86.2 percent 2011-2016 CAGR. WD’s new WD Red hard disk drives offer a unique combination of product features and customer support for users seeking to expand the capacity of their entry-level network attached storage solutions.”
“Until now, customers had to choose between using desktop or high-end server drives for their home or small office NAS systems – neither of which were both cost effective for consumer solutions and fully NAS compatible. WD saw this challenge as a perfect opportunity to design a better solution so we developed WD Red drives, an optimized product for this rapidly growing segment.” said Melyssa Banda, senior director of product marketing for WD.
Availability and Pricing
WD Red hard drives are available now at select resellers and distributors, EA Global Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., Verdure Xchange Tech, Inc. and Ubertech, Inc. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the WD Red 1 TB drive (model #: WD10EFRX) is P4,995.00, the 2 TB drive (model #: WD20EFRX) is P6,195.00 and the 3 TB drive (model #: WD30EFRX) is P8,695.00. More information about WD Red hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.
WD Red NAS Hard Drive Launch Partners
WD Branded Products
“The My Book Live family has received strong reception from consumers and the WD Red drive offers attributes ideal for small NAS systems,” said Scott Vouri, vice president and general manager of WD’s connected home solutions group. “My Book Live customers will benefit from WD Red’s NASware features in the future.”
QNAP Systems, Inc.
“The rapid growth of the global NAS market has led to hard drives optimized specifically for entry-level NAS use,” said Richard Lee, CEO of QNAP Systems, Inc. “The launch of WD Red NAS hard drives offer QNAP® four-bay NAS products a reliable solution for 24×7 operations. QNAP also provides a broad range of high-end business level NAS solutions well matched with WD RAID level hard drives.”
“Synology® is thrilled to be teaming up with WD to offer customers a reliable storage solution featuring WD Red NAS hard drives, which are optimized for consumer NAS systems,” said Vic Hsu, CEO of Synology Inc. “The award-winning Synology DiskStation makes it easy for users to build secure private clouds that operate at maximum uptime. By delivering our unique technologies together, Synology and WD will provide users with greater reliability, cooler operation and a higher quality of user experience.”
Thecus Tech., Corp.
“The compatibility of Thecus® NAS with the new and dynamic WD Red HDDs is excellent news for all,” said Florence Shih, general manager of Thecus. “To realize this vision, users can experience firsthand true power and performance. Ultimately, the congruency among WD Red hard drives with Thecus NAS brings great opportunities to the storage industry.”
Western Digital, WD and the WD logo are registered trademarks; WD Red, WD Blue, WD Green, WD Black, and NASware are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks herein are property of their respective owner. As used for storage capacity, one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.