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Western Digital Announced Debut of the first NAS Hard Drives
WD Red NAS Hard Drive
Manila, Philippines – WD (Western Digital) a technology storage HDD industry announced their debut of WD Red NAS hard drives, a networked SATA hard drives specifically designed for home and small office. NAS (Network Attached Storage) systems with one to five drive bays. Compatibility-tested with top NAS box manufacturers and optimized for power and performance. WD Red NAS hard drives are now shipping in 3.5-inch 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB capacities.

WD’s exclusive NASware technology, built into every WD Red hard drive, improves NAS storage performance by reducing common hard drive concerns in NAS systems including concerns for things like compatibility, integration, upgradeability, reliability and cost of ownership that are experienced with a hard drive designed for desktop computers.
WD Red NAS Hard Drive
With distinguishable colors, the “Power of Choice” storage solutions are clear and easy to identify: WD Blue™ (solid performance and reliability for everyday computing), WD Green™ (cool, quiet, eco-friendly), WD Black™ (maximum performance for power computing) and WD Red (home and small office NAS). The four colors enable quick selection of the best WD drive for customers’ application or usage requirements.

WD Red NAS Hard Drive
Desktop hard drive are designed for optimum performance and reliability in a desktop personal computer. Although they are an affordable alternative to enterprise-class drives, desktop drives have a higher level of risk for potential data loss and failure in an always-on RAID configured NAS system. Specific issues that you may experience using desktop drives in a NAS or RAID environment include:
Compatibility: Desktop hard drives are not always tested for compatibility in NAS and can present problems during integration.
Reliability: Most desktop drives are not designed for the high operating temperatures or for 24×7 operating environments making them less reliable when used in a NAS system.
Error recovery controls: Desktop drives are not traditionally designed for RAID environments and have controls that prevent the RAID controller from assisting in the event of an error which can cause the hard drive to drop off the RAID after a period of time.  Rebuilding a RAID often requires several hours and can have a significant impact on downtime and productivity.
Noise and vibration: Typically designed for single drive applications, average desktop drives are not optimized for multi-drive systems which have higher noise and vibration levels. When these drives are added to a NAS, the additional vibration can reduce the reliability and life span of the drive.

“The network attached entry level storage market is poised to grow at an 86.2 percent 2011-2016 CAGR ,” according to John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president for hard disk drives. “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.”

WD Red NAS Hard Drives – Specifications, Availability and Philippine Price

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).

Model # Interface Form Factor RPM Capacity Cache
WD30EFRX SATA 6 Gb/s 3.5 inch IntelliPower 3TB 64MB
WD20EFRX SATA 6 Gb/s 3.5 inch IntelliPower 2TB 64MB
WD10EFRX SATA 6 Gb/s 3.5 inch IntelliPower 1TB 64MB

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 info about WD Red NAS Hard Drives Technical Specifications

WD Red NAS Hard Drive Compatibility and 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.

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.

Synology Inc.
“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.

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.

More info about WD Red NAS Hard Drives Compatibility

(Note: Western Digital Logo/Images/Pictures has a respective copyright. I used it for demonstration purpose only.)

Related Links / Articles / Entries / References / Sources :
Western Digital Official Site
Western Digital Official Site – WD Red NAS Hard Drives
Western Digital Official Site – WD Red NAS Hard Drives – Specifications
Western Digital Official Site – WD Red NAS Hard Drives – Compatibility

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