Western Digital expands Red range with new NAS drives

New range of SSD, HDDs offer up to 14TB capacity targeting SMBs

The new range includes the first-ever WD Red solid state drives.
The new range includes the first-ever WD Red solid state drives.

Western Digital has launched a range of NAS solid-state drives targeted at small businesses. The new drives will be locally available in November, which includes the first-ever WD Red SSDs.

With the increase in virtualisation, 10GbE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and higher connectivity speeds are becoming an essential feature set in modern NAS systems. To help minimise performance bottlenecks, SSD speeds are crucial.

Built for NAS environments, the latest WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD offers capacities from 500GB up to 4TB1 (2.5-inch only) and are optimised for 10GbE networks as well as caching in NAS systems to rapidly access frequently used files. The drive supports OLTP databases, multi-user environments, photo rendering, 4K and 8K video editing

Complementary to the WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD, the latest WD Red HDD capacity increase to 14TB1 is designed for use in NAS systems with up to 8 bays. Ideal for small-and-home-office 24/7 environments, the drive supports up to a 180 TB/year workload rate.

Built like the WD Red HDD with a boost for professional NAS workloads and up to 14TB1 capacity, the WD Red Pro HDD supports up to 24 bays. With 3D Active Balance Plus technology and error recovery controls with NASware 3.0 technology, the drive delivers enhanced reliability.

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