Western digital's raptor enters the enterprise storage market. (Storage Networking).
Combined with an SATA interface, Western Digital designed a new, enterprise-class mechanical platform for the WD Raptor hard drive to meet the 24x7 demands of the enterprise environment.
With its WD Raptor, Western Digital applies its high-volume design and manufacturing principles and economies of scale from its ATA business to an enterprise-class platform. The result is an ESATA hard drive with a significant cost advantage over SCSI devices.
SATA offers system-level benefits in the enterprise environment, including point-to-point configuration, which utilizes the full bandwidth of each drive interface in a networked environment; scalability; hot-plug support for system design flexibility; and advanced error detection for data integrity.
The hard drive is currently being shipped to vendors and will initially be shipped in a 36 GB capacity. In addition to its 5.2 ms average seek time, 10,000 RPM, and 1.2 million hours MTBF, data throughput is 150 MB/second from the SATA interface. The performance roadmap for SATA extends up to 600 MB/second, ensuring a reliable standard for storage providers and customers in the years ahead.
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|Publication:||Computer Technology Review|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2003|
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