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WD'S THIRD-GENERATION HIGH CAPACITY ENTERPRISE SATA HARD DRIVES OFFER NEW AND ENHANCED FEATURES AND NEW ELECTRONICS FOR RELIABILITY IN DEMANDING ENVIRONMENTS
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 19, 2008 - Addressing the growing enterprise market for highly reliable high-capacity storage, WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping the new WD RE3 SATA hard drives, the company's latest generation of "RE" family drives. As data centers become larger and more complex, WD's third-generation high capacity enterprise SATA hard drives enhance vibration and shock tolerance and deploy new electronics to increase performance approximately 20 percent and by as much 60 percent in high-vibration environments.
"WD has continued to leverage its extensive experience gained from previous generation enterprise drives, as well as our enterprise-class WD VelociRaptor™ drives, to develop a hard drive perfectly suited for servers, network attached storage and storage networks," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of enterprise storage solutions for WD. "WD's RE3 family offers the best combination of enhanced features, superior reliability, and optimum performance for enterprise applications."
In line with the WD RE drive heritage, WD RE3 drives feature 1.2 million hours MTBF, native command queuing (NCQ), time limited error recovery (TLER), and an extensive and enhanced testing process to ensure long-term reliability for demanding enterprise applications.
WD RE3 Features
Price and AvailabilityWD RE3 500 GB (model WD5002ABYS), 320 GB (model WD3202ABYS) and the 250 GB (model WD2502ABYS) hard drives are available now through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD RE3 500 GB is $119, the 320 GB is $89 and the 250 GB is $79 USD. WD RE3 drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. More information about WD RE3 enterprise drives may be found on the company's Web site.
with that kinda increase perf wise I wonder what the price diff will be between it and the new raptor????
rapid1: with that kinda increase perf wise I wonder what the price diff will be between it and the new raptor????
I'm sure the RE3 will not retail for more than ~$200ish....what is the velociraptor? Like $400??
I am all about efficiency over brute-force speed.........HW lasts longer this way and as we all know, HDD aren't exaclty the greatest-lived things in a rig.
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But all the same, how can a drive that is spinning 72% faster (velociraptor), thus causing greater heat output and larger spindle stress have a similiar life expectancy with that of the WD's RE3 drive?
Or are you just saying WD is concentrating on extending MTBF between all drives in general in contrast of say, a Hitachi drive?
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