WD has announced a new 3.5-inch SAS hard drive solution for legacy datacenter storage systems with the release of the WD XE, 2.5-inch, 10,000RPM SAS hard drive, now available mounted in a 3.5-inch WD performance adapter. Shipping immediately, the WD XE hard drives provide best-in-class performance, low power consumption, and an easier upgrade path for existing 3.5-inch storage systems.
Highest performance in its class – WD XE delivers ultra-fast 6Gbps transfer rates, best-in-class sequential data rate of 204MBps, and outstanding random I/O performance;
Low power consumption – This 3.5-inch SAS drive delivers up to 67 percent lower power versus 3.5-inch 15,000RPM drives, which can result in substantially lower total cost of ownership (TCO) while increasing capacity and reliability;
Form factor – 2.5-inch drive mounted in 3.5-inch performance adapter for ease of upgrade and ultra-cool operation;
Dual port, full duplex connectivity – Offers higher reliability, performance and data availability by eliminating single points of failure, designed for high-availability datacenter systems;
NoTouch ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit; and
Reliability rating – 2 million hours MTBF
The WD XE SAS enterprise hard drives in 3.5-inch performance adapters are in capacities ranging from 300GB to 900GB, (models: WD3001HKHG, WD6001HKHG, and WD9001HKHG), with prices ranging from US$229.99 to US$599.99. WD XE drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty.