Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:01

WD Gold 10TB HDD for data centres


Data centres have a very different set of requirements to compute or network attached storage use. WD’s Gold series now have a 10TB Helium filled drive that offers 2.5 million hours mean-time-between-failure.

The WD101KRYZ has a SATA 6Gb/s interface (249MB/s), 7200 RPM, 256MB Cache and a five-year warranty. It is equipped with Enhanced RAAF sensors to monitor both the drive and the ambient vibration in the rack and correct both linear and rotational vibration in real time.

Helium — Helioseal allows for smaller, lighter heads and it has a dual actuator. The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.

“It is Western Digital’s ongoing goal to provide superior reliability and compelling value to our enterprise customers,” said Brendan Collins, WD’s vice-president of product marketing “WD Gold drives provided power efficient, capacity optimised storage for a wide range of high workload applications. The new 10TB capacity enables customers to efficiently deploy higher density storage solutions.”

WD Gold 10TB data centre hard drives provide: 

  • Improved power efficiency – HelioSeal Technology delivers lower power usage with an increase in capacity.
  • Power efficiency (watts/TB) during operation is improved up to 26% over the WD Gold 8TB drive.
  • Better performance – Up to 21% sequential performance improvement over WD Gold 8TB data centre drives.
  • High reliability – WD Gold drives incorporate best-of-breed design, manufacturing and test processes to achieve one of the highest reliability ratings in the industry – 2.5 million hours MTBF (8TB and 10TB offerings).
  • Dedicated premium support line – Western Digital offers a 24/7 premium support line for WD Gold drive customers and can be reached in the US at (855) 559-3733; International: +80055593733.


The drive costs $1099 from distributors Synnex, Achieve and Dicker Data.


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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!



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