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WD Ships 2 Terabyte Enterprise-Class Hard Drives with Next-Generation Greenpower Technology

  • 06 May, 2009 18:30

<p><em>WD RE4-GP Hard Drives Further Reduce Power Consumption For Data Centers
and Digital Video Production Facilities</em><strong><br/>
<br/>
Sydney, Australia</strong> - <strong>May 06, 2009</strong> - Western Digital
Corp. today expanded its enterprise family of hard drives to include the next-generation
2 TB capacity, the largest and only 2 TB enterprise-class hard drive shipping
today. Combining industry-leading 64 MB cache, dual processors, and increased
areal density, WD RE4-GP hard drives yield twice the processing power resulting
in as much as 25 percent performance improvement over the previous generation.<br/>
<br/>
WD’s GreenPower™ technology platform is the first 3.5-inch hard
drive platform designed with power savings as the primary attribute. These drives
reduce average drive power consumption by up to 50 percent over currently available
competitors’ drives and are ultra-cool and quiet, all while delivering
solid performance.<br/>
<br/>
The new WD RE4-GP 2 TB hard drive provides enterprise-class reliability for
storage-hungry applications, such as cloud-computing infrastructure, large-scale
data centers, data archive and tape replacement systems, commercial video surveillance
and digital video editing houses, with an energy- and money-saving solution
that combats the challenges facing the enterprise IT sector -- limited available
drive slots, maximum capacity required, and limited power and budget. Addressing
the growing high-capacity enterprise market, WD RE4-GP 2 TB drives are reliability-rated
at 1.2 million hours MTBF (mean time before failure) in high duty cycle environments.<br/>
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Mission-critical video and audio content producers typically require greater
system performance and capacity needs than most other applications. Reliable
video servers, in particular, are crucial for time-critical data retrieval,
distribution, repurposing, and archiving. Like thousands of other professionals
and consumers storing photos, files and music, video professionals must manage
and maintain raw video files (or any files).<br/>
<br/>
“Every data center in operation worldwide contributes to CO2 emissions,
and storage systems are at the core of these data centers,” said John
Rydning, IDC's research director for hard disk drives. “Many storage applications
are a great fit for high-capacity, low power-consuming disk drives like the
WD RE4-GP 2 TB that help to reduce power consumption and positively impact the
environment.”<br/>
<br/>
WD® is making it possible for energy-conscious enterprise customers to build
servers and storage subsystems with higher capacities, consistent performance,
and assured reliability, all while promoting energy conservation.<br/>
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“Energy efficiency is a primary concern for our customers who continue
to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint without compromising reliability
or performance,” said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager
of WD’s enterprise storage solutions business unit. “WD’s
RE-GP drives enable them to meet their customer’s system requirements
for storage capacity, reliability, performance and cost by integrating an enterprise-class
drive that simply consumes less power than traditional hard drives.”<br/>
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<strong>Exclusive Intelligent Drive Technology</strong><br/>
WD RE4-GP hard drives with GreenPower technology deliver exceptional power conservation,
run ultra-cool and quiet, while providing solid performance. Following are several
technologies responsible for the performance enhancements:<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Faster</strong> — 64 MB cache, dual processors, and increased
areal density yield twice the processing power resulting in as much as a 25
percent performance improvement over the previous generation.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Greener</strong> — Improvements in our power-conserving technologies
-- IntelliSeek™, IntelliPark™, and IntelliPower™ — deliver
up to an average 25 percent reduction in power consumption over our previous
generation of WD RE-GP drive.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Improved Rotary Vibration Tolerance</strong> — Advanced mechanical
and servo control optimization along with system characterization and validation
enable rock solid performance under extreme vibration conditions, with negligible
impact to performance, substantially more robust than the previous generation,
making this drive ideal for the most industrial IT applications<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Active Power Management</strong> — WD drives with GreenPower technology
monitor work load and automatically invoke idle mode whenever possible to further
reduce unnecessary power consumption by up to an additional 40 percent. Drive
recovery time from idle mode is less than one second, providing seamless power
management between the drive and the host controller.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>StableTrac™</strong> — Secures the motor shaft at both ends
to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking,
during read and write operations.<br/>
<br/>
<strong>RAID-specific Time-limited Error Recovery (TLER) </strong>— Pioneered
by WD, this feature prevents drive fallout caused by the extended hard drive
error-recovery processes common to desktop drives.<br/>
<strong><br/>
Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™)</strong> — This second
generation WD RE-GP model increased rotational frequencies up to 1500 Hz, therefore
optimizing operation and performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone
multi-drive systems such as rack mounted servers or in systems deployed at industrial
type locations.<br/>
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<strong>Product and Pricing Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD RE4-GP 2 TB<br/>
RRP for 2 TB : AU$509, NZ$649<br/>
Website: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com</a><br/>
Product link and Photos: <a href="#">http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=610</a><br/>
Australian Distributors:Achieva, Synnex Australia, Todaytech, Westan<br/>
New Zealand Distributors: Ingram Micro, Synnex NZ, VST<br/>
Availability: All drives are available now at select retail stores and online
retailers.<br/>
Warranty- 5-Years<br/>
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<strong>About WD</strong><br/>
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products
and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital
information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that
keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise
to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications.<br/>
<br/>
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading
systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital®
and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (<a href="#">www.westerndigital.com</a>)
to access a variety of financial and investor information.<br/>
<br/>
Western Digital, WD, and the WD logo are registered trademarks of Western Digital
Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries; IntelliPower, IntelliSeek,
IntelliPark, StableTrac, RAFF and GreenPower are trademarks of Western Digital
Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks herein are property of their respective
owner. As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes,
one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion
bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes.</p>
<p><strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website:<a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au</a><br/>
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