New WD Arkeia DA1300, DA2300 NAS Units: Mo’ Data, Mo’ Money

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Western Digital pushed further into their small business aspirations today with the addition of two new networked storage units: the WD Arkeia DA1300 and WD Arkeia DA2300 NAS appliances.

Both of these units share a more-than-passing similarity with the WD Sentinel, WD’s first serious push into the small business network storage market. What sets these apart, however, is the software – back in January, Western Digital acquired backup software experts Arkeia, and it’s that acquisition’s software product that will power the new generation of the company’s network products.

WD Arkeia DA1300The DA1300 and DA2300 both ship with WD Arkeia 10.1, which offer customers an unlimited number of backup clients for just about every OS you can possibly imagine – while Windows and Mac are supported, so too are Solaris, Novell, BSD, etc. To help separate the two units on cost, the DA1300 ships with a dual-core Intel Atom CPU, while the DA2300 uses Intel Xeon chips, and includes an SSD to help cache data and provide maximum throughput for backup and recovery operations.

For perhaps the first time, Western Digital is also using different drives within the same product line: the less expensive Arkeia DA1300 will use WD Red drives; these hard drives are engineered explicitly for use in network storage devices at the home, home office, and small business level. The DA2300 will use WD’s Se drives, which come with enterprise warranties and guarantees.

Depending on the model, you’ll have between 4TB and 8TB (DA1300), or 8TB and 16TB (DA2300), but regardless of which model you choose, you’ll benefit from Arkeia’s deduplication tech, which maximizes storage by ensuring there’s only one physical copy of identical data stored on the server. The Arkeia backup clients also compress data on local drives before sending them over the network, promising to speed up large backup procedures (a concern in a business environment with dozens of units that require backup).

The DA1300 will ship late next month (September), but you might want to start counting pennies now – that 4TB entry model will run customers a whopping $3,490. Given the market that WD is trying to win over, that price isn’t quite as shocking as it is for more consumer-oriented buyers, but it still represents a substantial premium over the WD Sentinel from a couple of years ago. The DA2300 will be available “later in the Fall” [sic] for an undisclosed (but no doubt higher) price..



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