American HDD company Western Digital (WD), part of the global WD/Seagate duopoly, has just announced a new series of high capacity enterprise HDDs that can handle up to 4TB of data per unit. The new drives come in SATA and in SAS variety.
Western Digital is trying to revamp its product line as the company has banked massively on the artificially HDD crisis and the inflated prices that it brought, but the overall market demand is considerably lower than what the two HDD giants are now producing.
Now WD is launching a new set of Raid Edition (RE) HDDs that are targeting the enterprise storage market.
The most capable model can fit up to 4 GB of data and it requires 5 platters to achieve this capacity.
All models announced today come in the popular 3.5” form factor and platter density is now an impressive 800 GB per platter.
There are three SATA models with capacities ranging between 2 TB and 4 TB while the four SAS versions range between 1 TB and 4 TB.
There are no impressive performance improvements, no power consumption reduction, just the same huge prices that we’ve experienced for the past 12 months.