SATA Drive Storage company Western Digital has launched a 2,5-inch 10 000 RPM SATA hard drive for blade servers and 1U and 2U rack servers.
The WD VelociRaptor hard drive with a 3 Gbps interface and 16 MB cache is available in capacities up to 300 GB, and consumes 35% less power than the previous generation of WD Raptor drives. Western Digital said the drive comes with Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward technology, which optimises performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multidrive chassis. It said the NoTouch ramp load technology offers better drive protection.
Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of enterprise storage business unit at Western Digital, said: "The new 2,5-inch WD VelociRaptor drive is the only drive available that can offer server customers the flexibility of integrating SATA technology while benefiting from server-class performance and reliability."