Western Digital Announces Launch Partners for New Red Line of Drives
Earlier we told you about the new Red range of WD hard drives intended for NAS units, now here is information on their launch partners.
Western Digital announced a new line of hard drives intended for NAS use, their new Red line. These drives are lower power than traditional 7200rpm drives but do not have the issues that can plague green drives in RAID use. Here is what they announced:
WD Red NAS Hard Drive Launch Partners
WD Branded Products
“The My Book Live family has received strong reception from consumers and the WD Red drive offers attributes ideal for small NAS systems,” said Scott Vouri, vice president and general manager of WD’s connected home solutions group. “My Book Live customers will benefit from WD Red’s NASware features in the future.”
QNAP Systems, Inc.
“The rapid growth of the global NAS market has led to hard drives optimized specifically for entry-level NAS use,” said Richard Lee, CEO of QNAP Systems, Inc. “The launch of WD Red NAS hard drives offer QNAP® four-bay NAS products a reliable solution for 24×7 operations. QNAP also provides a broad range of high-end business level NAS solutions well matched with WD RAID level hard drives.”
“Synology® is thrilled to be teaming up with WD to offer customers a reliable storage solution featuring WD Red NAS hard drives, which are optimized for consumer NAS systems,” said Vic Hsu, CEO of Synology Inc. “The award-winning Synology DiskStation makes it easy for users to build secure private clouds that operate at maximum uptime. By delivering our unique technologies together, Synology and WD will provide users with greater reliability, cooler operation and a higher quality of user experience.”
Thecus Tech., Corp.
“The compatibility of Thecus® NAS with the new and dynamic WD Red HDDs is excellent news for all,” said Florence Shih, general manager of Thecus. “To realize this vision, users can experience firsthand true power and performance. Ultimately, the congruency among WD Red hard drives with Thecus NAS brings great opportunities to the storage industry.”
This is good news! I would wait until these NAS makers add these drives to their approved compatibility lists before using them, but this line serves a need and the pricing is reasonable.