23 August 2014

Western Digital (WD) Unveils WD Red and WD Red Pro

Western Digital, a world leader in storage solutions, unveiled its expansion of its award-winning WD Red® line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB[1] and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage.
The introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized for power and performance, 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.

[1]   As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.

WD Red
WD Red was first introduced in 2012. The release both 5TB and 6TB models are now greater storage and more increased performance.

It is featured with 3D Active Balance Plus, enhancement of control technology and improved reliability and performance.

For customers, it is offered 24/7 FREEMIUM support.

WD Red Pro
The new WD Red Pro line of NAS hard drives supports eight to 16 bay NAS systems. The enhanced design provides 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 calm and quiet hard drives also sees 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.

 An updated list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at https://www.wdc.com/products/business-internal-storage/wd-red-pro.html.

Availability and Pricing

Available now at select retailers and distributed by Ubertech Technologies Inc and Iontech Techologies Inc. WD Red and WD Red Pro have three- and five-year limited regional warranties, respectively. 

Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for
  • WD Red 5 TB (model #: WD50EFRX) is PHP 10,950
  • PHP 13,400 for 6 TB (model #: WD60EFRX). 
  • Pricing for WD Red Pro 2 TB (model #: WD2001FFSX) is PHP 6,995
  • PHP 8,850 for 3 TB (model #: WD3001FFSX)
  • PHP 11,550 for 4 TB (model #: WD4001FFSX). 
  • 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/internal/nas/.
WD Red NAS Hard Drive Launch Partners

“In the digital era of exponential data growth, the need for versatile cloud storage that integrates storage, backup and file sharing has never been greater. ASUSTOR NAS devices were created to meet these demands for both home and enterprise users alike. Innovative technology, an intuitive interface and compatibility for Windows, Mac and Unix operating systems make ASUSTOR NAS devices the optimal choice for creating a cloud storage space. When creating a cloud storage space, stable hard disk storage is an extremely important factor. The newly launched WD Red series not only provides high capacity drives at 6TB/5TB, but also offers the type of stable performance, energy efficiency and quiet operation, that make it an excellent choice for use with ASUSTOR NAS devices such as the AS-608T and AS-609RD,” said Shawn Shu, president of ASUSTOR.
“We think that new WD Red’s enhanced compatibility, capability and reliability as well as expanded capacity will lead to expansion of the NAS product lines targeted at the SMB/SOHO segment as the needs for the NAS system that offers high performance and reliability as well as the effective platform to share the ever ballooning business data increases. We also think that WD Red Pro will contribute to the expansion of the overall NAS market since it shares the same technology platform as the enterprise products and is tailored for the NAS systems of medium to large businesses. We look forward to offering NAS products to the wider customer base with the new NAS optimized products”, said Tomomi Tsuchida, executive officer general manager of Business Strategy Dept. of I-O DATA DEVICE, Inc.”
QNAP Systems, Inc.
“The constant growth of data and the need for intensive data access across diverse applications continuously drive NAS users’ needs for hard drives with the highest capacity, reliability and performance,” said Richard Lee, CEO of QNAP Systems, Inc. “The launch of WD Red 6TB NAS hard drives and WD Red Pro NAS hard drives offer QNAP Turbo NAS products with more reliable solutions for 24/7 operations to meet the specific requirements of home NAS users and medium-to-large-scale businesses respectively.”
Synology Inc.
“Synology is excited for the launch of 6 TB WD Red and WD Red Pro hard drives, allowing for more choices of hard drives to fit various requirements. Together with WD Red drives, Synology DiskStation and RackStation provides users with reliable solutions that grow with their storage demands, and efficiently centralize and share their data,” said Rosiel Lee, senior sales and marketing manager.
“The My Cloud family has received strong reception from consumers,” said Scott Vouri, vice president of marketing for WD’s content solutions group. “WD Red drive offers ideal attributes for small NAS systems, including My Cloud, in which customers will benefit from those attributes in the future."


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