Western Digital has introduced its next level NAS storage, offering the first-ever WD Red SSDs, offering enhanced performance and caching abilities in a hybrid NAS environment, as well as a 14 TB capacity for the WD Red and WD Red Pro HDDs. the new products take the form of the WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD, WD Red NAS Hard Drive and WD Red Pro NAS Hard Drive.
– WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD: Purpose-built for NAS enthusiasts, the latest WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD offers capacities from 500 GB up to 4 TB (2.5-inch only) and creates an environment optimized for 10 GbE networks as well as caching in NAS systems to rapidly access frequently used files. With superior endurance for heavy read and write loads demanded by NAS in a 24/7 environment, the drive supports OLTP databases, multi-user environments, photo rendering, 4K and 8K video editing.
– WD Red NAS Hard Drive: Complementary to the WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD, the latest WD Red HDD capacity increase to 14TB1 is designed for use in NAS systems with up to 8 bays. Ideal for small-and-home-office 24/7 environments, the drive supports up to a 180 TB/year workload rate.
– WD Red Pro NAS Hard Drive: Built like the WD Red HDD with a boost for professional NAS workloads and up to 14TB1 capacity, the WD Red Pro HDD supports up to 24 bays. With 3D Active Balance Plus technology and error recovery controls with NASware 3.0 technology, the drive operates with enhanced reliability.
“A boost in performance for NAS systems can translate to more content in less time, so creators or small businesses can work more efficiently to increase output and, as a result, potential income,” said Ziv Paz, senior director, client computing segment marketing, Western Digital. “Our higher capacities coupled with optimized endurance in the WD Red portfolio are making room for larger files and reducing storage bandwidth-induced stress. For creators working on large projects over time, the latest WD Red SSD solution enables a hybrid NAS environment where the SSD can serve as a caching mechanism for both large and frequently accessed files.”
Unfortunately, no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by Western Digital, but as soon as information comes to light, we will keep you updated as always.