One of the first new products released at the NAB show in Las Vegas today is from Western Digital. They are officially launching the new RE4-GP Enterprise-class hard drive series with capacities up to 2TB. WD has implemented a dual controller design, 64MB cache, 500GB per-platter design, and a reported 25% reduction in power requirements compared to earlier drive designs. All of this will set you back a cool $329.99, but availability should be later this week. The full press release and additional specifications are located below. Review samples are arriving shortly, in the meantime, take a look at the numbers and let us know what you think.

"LAS VEGAS, Nev. – (NAB Show Booth No. SL12809) — Apr. 20, 2009 —Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) 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.

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.

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.

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).

“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.”

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. “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.”

Exclusive Intelligent Drive Technology- 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:

Faster — 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.

Greener — 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.

Improved Rotary Vibration Tolerance — 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.

Active Power Management — 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.

StableTrac™ — Secures the motor shaft at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations.

RAID-specific Time-limited Error Recovery (TLER) — Pioneered by WD, this feature prevents drive fallout caused by the extended hard drive error-recovery processes common to desktop drives.

Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF™) — 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.

Availability and Pricing The WD RE4-GP 2 TB hard drive (model WD2002FYPS) is available from select e-tailers and distributors. MSRP is $329.00 (U.S.). The WD RE4-GP 2 TB will also be shown by WD partners AMCC (booth number SL13007) and Promise (booth number SL12008) at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV. More information about WD RE4-GP enterprise drives may be found on the company's Web site."



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  • v12v12 - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - link

    Let me address (rant) this quote, "Every data center in operation worldwide contributes to CO2 emissions."

    "Green drives" and the like, are a great idea, but this whole farce of "global warming" has gone too far! Now the computing industry is hopping on the band wagon of a largely unproven theory about why the planet is heating? Counter evidence shows the planet itself is COOLING, while the sun's rays from increased sun-spot activity is increasing. There's no hard data on the amount of rogue volcanoes that come in and out of activity, which spew more toxic gas than all industry combined over decades. Look at the heating trends of the planet, and note the CYCLES of heating and cooling aka it's NATURAL! These are "healthy" planetary cycles, largely ignored so that a global-carbon credit currency (tax) can be pushed.

    That last thing I care about is another slow start up, under performing "green drive." And I'm sure data centers and the like don't give a crap about supposed CO2 admission rates. Power consumption for the utility bills, sure, but "global warming..." give me a break. I'm for 1 NOT going to be forced to pay some banker-contrived plan to tax people for going about their lives.

    WD should scrap this mechanical POS/behemoth and get on with the solid-state research. It's 2009 and we're still using the most fragile of "technology" to store our precious data? Spinning disks? tiny little magnetic heads that are very susceptible to damage and wear? Voice-coil actuator motors? Haha this is garbage "technology," frankly speaking. Slow, fragile, reaching a performance and storage apex. As these new gens of uber slow/sized drives increase storage space, they also have a myriad of bad sectors and error recovery firmware is laughably necessary. Sorta like Windows OS still dealing with viruses and trojans written by teenagers. Thanks crapitalism. They'll keep pushing this spinning-garbage out as long as they can.
  • TekDemon - Saturday, April 25, 2009 - link

    Yeah it's so fake that the fossil fuel industry's own scientists said it was real almost 2 decades ago:">

    Of course, their own scientists' findings were conveniently deleted from the reports.

    Secondly, who cares if it's a natural cycle or not? Do you feel like living in an ice age or dying in 200 degree weather? What's with people arguing that we should sit around and go extinct like dinosaurs? We have the ability to think and invent things, so why wouldn't we try to keep our climate stable?!? Do you not take medicines or go to the hospital if you get sick just because it's natural? That's the most retarded logic I've ever heard. I guess we should just let natural earthquakes kill us instead of monitoring for them, and let natural volcanoes explode on us too.
    How is it healthy for us to all freeze to death or die of heat exhaustion? Even if it was healthy for the planet (and I have no idea why that would be), it'd be disastrous for civilization.
  • bigboxes - Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - link

    Seriously, who actually designed the current SATA interface? I'm seriouisly doubting the IQ of it's designer. The connector on the HDD should be female, not male. I had one snap off before even though I was very careful in handling it. The cable should be male and insert INTO the HDD. Very poor design. If they did it that way they wouldn't need clips on the cable. Reply
  • PlasmaBomb - Monday, April 20, 2009 - link


    Nice :)
  • FaaR - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - link

    Number of apples in barrel: Gobbledygook(TM)

    Doncha just love marketroid sp33k? *sigh*

    Anyway, that's a fine piece of mechanical engineering if ever I saw! Too bad I've woved not to buy any more conventional harddrives ever again (except for a high-capacity 2.5" unit for my PS3), it'll be all SSDs for me from now on.
  • DigitalFreak - Monday, April 20, 2009 - link

    Sweet, it has dual processors! *rolls eyes* Reply
  • StraightPipe - Monday, April 20, 2009 - link

    110MB/s sustained transfers are ok, but what's the access time? Reply
  • 7Enigma - Monday, April 20, 2009 - link

    Exactly. I carefully read 3 times the press release thinking I had just glossed over it, only to see it doesn't even exist. What a puff piece by WD. Reply
  • EE1 - Monday, April 20, 2009 - link

    I hope our company's data center does not install these WD drives. Between Microsoft's slow disk operations and networking performance, and the virus checking software's hinderances, we already have stuttering and slow computer operation. Up to one second for recovery from low power mode will simply kill our efficiency. Imagine a sprinter who waits for a second before running when the starter's gun fires! WD, like Microsoft, does not understand (or care about?) the economic impact of wasting seconds of millions of worker's time each day. Reply
  • Hurk - Monday, April 20, 2009 - link

    I hope our company's data center does not install these WD drives. Between Microsoft's slow disk operations and networking performance, and the virus checking software's hindrances, we already have stuttering and slow computer operation. Up to one second for recovery from low power mode will simply kill our efficiency.

    It all depends on the method they are using. I ahve 16x750GB sata drives in a 3par san, and they comfortably support 50 virtual machines running windows 2003 server, including several SQL servers and a sharepoint farm.

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