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WD has announced a new 3.5-inch SAS hard drive solution for legacy datacenter storage systems with the release of the WD XE, 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM SAS hard drive, now available mounted in a 3.5-inch WD performance adapter.
Shipping immediately, the WD XE hard drives provide best-in-class performance, low power consumption, and an easier upgrade path for existing 3.5-inch storage systems, according to Rich Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's datacenters business unit. While demand for 3.5-inch, high-performance enterprise-class hard drives slows, a need remains for an alternate high-performance storage device as a transitional solution for legacy systems, he adds.
The WD XE purportedly delivers 6Gb/s transfer rates and a sequential data rate of 204 MB/s. This 3.5-inch SAS drive delivers up to 67%lower power versus 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM drives.
The WD XE SAS enterprise hard drives in 3.5-inch performance adapters shipping in capacities ranging from 300GB to 900GB with prices ranging from US$229.99 to $599.99. For more info go to http://tinyurl.com/blehckg .