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Western Digital announce new line of Red NAS drives

If you are somebody who likes to keep an eye on developments in the world of network-attached storage systems, you will be very familiar with Western Digital Red drives. Western Digital has announced a range of new Red devices, purpose-built for small business and home office scenarios with NAS environments.

You may well have been using Western Digital Red HDDs for some time. However, the new range offers Red SSDs now too, in the form of 2.5” SATA and M.2 Format along with a whopping 14TB capacity in the new Western Digital Red and Red Pro HDDs.

Due to a rise in the virtualisation and the use of 10GbE and higher connectivity speeds in modern NAS systems, Western Digital has upgraded its line of WD Red devices with SSD performance to cut down the chance of bottlenecks and provide full support of these modern systems, without compromising on WD Red’s reputation for durability.

“Working with Western Digital has proved increasingly beneficial in delivering premium storage for our NAS systems,” said Meiji Chang, general manager, QNAP. “With the addition of today’s WD Red SA500 SSD as a storage or caching solution, our customers can now take full advantage of dedicated SSD slots in our systems and benefit from faster network transfer speeds and optimal endurance.”

New products introduced by Western Digital include the WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD, featuring capacity from 500GB up to 4TB in 2.5” format and 500GB up to 2TB in an M.2 form factor. New WD Red SA500 devices in the M.2 form factor are available in limited quantities from the WD store in the U.S and will be available globally in November. The new WD Red M.2 drives start from $72, going up to £297, while the SA500 2.5” SATA devices range from $75 to $600.

Along with the new WD Red SSD drives, Western Digital has announced a range of WD Red and Red Pro NAS HDDs, featuring capacity up to 14TB. Both new HDD series will be available globally from November priced at $450 for the 14TB WD Red NAS HDD and $525 for the 14TB WD Red Pro NAS HDD.

KitGuru says: Are you running out of storage space in your home office NAS system? Well, Western Digital has got your back, with its new range of WD Red NAS storage devices. If you can wait until November that is.

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