Western Digital Announces the WD XE 3.5” SAS Hard Drives
By Cássio Lima on April 22, 2013 - 12:35 PM
Western Digital has just announced a new 3.5” SAS hard drive solution for legacy datacenter storage systems with the release of the WD XE, 2.5”, 10,000 rpm SAS hard drive, now available mounted in a 3.5” 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” storage systems.
While demand for 3.5”, high-performance enterprise-class hard drives slows, a need remains for an alternate high-performance storage device as a transitional solution for legacy systems. WD XE hard drives offer best-in-class sequential performance and provide a compelling upgrade for datacenters migrating away from legacy drives nearing end-of-life.
“Delivering up to 50 percent higher capacity, similar or better maximum sequential performance, higher reliability and up to 67 percent lower power consumption versus 3.5”, 15,000 RPM drives, the new WD XE drives are the answer for data center server and storage solutions needing a transition strategy,” said Rich Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s datacenters business unit. “IT managers now have a worry-free migration path to the latest enterprise performance drives from WD, while preserving their chassis and solution investments.”
The WD XE SAS enterprise hard drives in 3.5” adapters, shipping in capacities ranging from 300 GB to 900 GB, (models: WD3001HKHG, WD6001HKHG, and WD9001HKHG); are available through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD XE hard drives in performance adapters range from USD 229.99 to USD 599.99. WD XE drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty.