Western Digital’s Red SSD line is all about optimized NAS performance
November 4, 2019

We live in times when portable productivity devices are the norm. What that means in terms of form factors are slimmer and more compact devices that cannot house a decent number of capacious hard drives. This explains why NAS usage is gaining traction among individuals and small businesses who need to store fairly large amounts of data. The new WD Red products join Western Digital’s portfolio of HDD and SSD solutions that are purpose-built for a range of applications in enterprise, client and gaming markets. A key product here is the WD Red SA500, a special firmware optimized for more evenly mixed workloads and engineered to ensure longevity.

With the increase in virtualization, 10GbE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and higher connectivity

speeds are becoming an essential feature set in modern NAS systems. To help minimize a

performance bottleneck, SSD speeds are crucial. To fully support the requirements of these environments, storage device durability, speed and capacity remain heavily in demand.

Building on the proven reliability of Western Digital’s WD Red product portfolio, the solutions are built to transform pain points to profits for the end user. For creators working on large projects over time, the latest WD Red SSD solution enables a hybrid NAS environment where the SSD can serve as a caching mechanism for both large and frequently accessed files.

New products introduced include:


Purpose-built for NAS enthusiasts, the latest WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD offers capacities from 500GB up to 4TB 1 (2.5-inch only) and creates an environment optimized for 10GbE networks as well as caching in NAS systems to rapidly access frequently used files. With superior endurance for heavy read and write loads demanded by NAS in a 24/7 environment, the drive supports OLTP databases, multi-user environments, photo rendering, 4K and 8K video editing

WD Red NAS Hard Drive

Complementary to the WD Red SA500 NAS SATA SSD, the latest WD Red HDD capacity increase to 14TB is designed for use in NAS systems with up to 8 bays. Ideal for small-and-home-office 24/7 environments, the drive supports up to a 180 TB/year workload rate.

WD Red Pro NAS Hard Drive

Built like the WD Red HDD with a boost for professional NAS workloads and up to 14TB capacity, the WD Red Pro HDD supports up to 24 bays. With 3D Active Balance Plus technology and error recovery controls with NASware 3.0 technology, the drive operates with enhanced reliability.

The WD Red SA500 SSD comes in capacities of 500GB up to 2TB for the M.2 form factor and ranges in price from $72.00 up to $297.00 in the U.S. The 2.5-inch form factor of the WD Red SA500 SSD comes in capacities of 500GB up to 4TB and ranges in price from $75.00 to $600.00 in the U.S. Both form factors of WD Red SA500 SSDs are currently available in limited quantities at the WD store and will be available globally in November at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, resellers and system integrators. The WD Red NAS HDD in 14TB capacity is priced at $450.00 in the U.S. and the WD Red NAS Pro HDD in 14TB capacity is priced at $525.00 in the U.S. These 14TB HDD products will be available globally in November at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers, resellers, system integrators and at the WD store.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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