Western Digital has been undergoing something of a rebranding with regards to its hard drive lineup, and today they took another step in that direction. The new WD Se line of hard drives are targeted at companies deploying datacenter-level storage, with an eye focused on the growing popularity of public and private cloud infrastructures.
Unlike consumer drives, WD has tested these drives to work all the time – as in, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They aren’t the first hard drives that WD has engineered for high uptimes, but they do promise to be the most economical in the company’s lineup. The WD Se line is the third entrant into Western Digital’s enterprise class line, offering affordable mass storage for datacenter and high-density NAS installations. The WD Xe line is targeted at servers that need high-density, high-performance, while the WD Re is geared toward servers needing high-density, high-reliability.
If the Xe line is the business version of WD’s Black consumer hard drives, then the WD Se is the enterprise version of their Blue models. WD’s Red drives sit somewhere in between consumer and business storage.
The drives come with all the tech that WD has created over the years, incuding improvements to head parking, to prevent drive wear and damage, a multiaxial shock detector that helps compensate for sudden movements, time-limited error recovery, which helps keep drives from falling out of a RAID array because of error-recovery-induced write delays, and a dual processor to maximize throughput.
Despite the promises of high upkeep, the new drives are fairly reasonable, as enterprise-level storage goes. You and your company can snag a 2TB WD2000F9YZ for $159.99 or move up to a 4TB WD4000F9YZ for $309.99 (though we’ve already seen street prices hitting $20 under).
The WD Se line are covered by a five-year limited warranty, and are available now.