Western Digital Raptor Bumped
Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it has doubled the
capacity of its next-generation 10,000 RPM WD Raptor® enterprise Serial ATA
(SATA) hard drive to 150 GB and has increased the performance of the popular
drive with additional features for server and networked storage
Enterprise storage system vendors are increasingly embracing SATA hard drives
as a reliable and cost-effective choice for servers and storage systems. When WD
originally introduced the WD Raptor its first SATA drive
in 2003, approximately 14 percent of hard drives used in multi-user applications
were SATA technology, according to Gartner. The market research firm expects
that portion to grow to 19 percent in 2005 and 30 percent by 2009.
"WD continues to lead the industry with the broadest enterprise SATA lineup:
WD Raptor delivers enterprise reliability and performance, and the company's
RAID Edition drives WD Caviar® RE and WD Caviar® RE2
deliver enterprise capacity and reliability," said Tom McDorman, vice president
and general manager of enterprise storage for WD. "Building on customer demand
and market adoption for enterprise SATA drives, the 10,000 RPM WD Raptor
delivers the greatest performance and reliability of all SATA hard drives
Performance and Reliability of SCSI at Significantly Less Cost
150 GB WD Raptor maintains its high performance in servers and networked
storage, where rotational vibration from multiple spinning hard drives robs
performance, with its RAFF(TM) (Rotary Accelerometer Feed Forward) technology.
The next-generation drive also offers best-in-class random I/O performance with
native command queuing (NCQ), which increases performance by intelligently
ordering multiple simultaneous read and write commands, which is common in
demanding, multi-user workloads such as servers. Sixteen MB cache furthers the
drive's ability to serve and record data quickly for multiple users. The drive
offers an average seek time of 4.6 milliseconds (ms).
The enterprise-class mechanical and electronics platform of WD Raptor is
designed to meet the 24x7 demands of the enterprise environment. Continuing to
be the world's most reliable SATA hard drive, WD Raptor is reliability-rated at
1.2 million hours MTBF (mean time between failure) in high duty cycle
environments and is backed by a five-year warranty.
WD Raptor Availability and Pricing
WD Raptor 150 GB (model WD1500ADFD)
hard drives are currently shipping in volume. Estimated retail pricing for WD
Raptor is $299.99 USD. WD Raptor is available now on the company's online store
customers can take advantage of free standard shipping.
Additional information about WD Raptor hard drives may be found on the
company's Web site at http://www.westerndigital.com/products.
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's core business produces reliable,
high-performance hard drives that keep users' data close-at-hand and secure from
loss. WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed
to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the Western
Digital and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site
(www.westerndigital.com) to access a
variety of financial and investor information.