Western Digital Expands NAS-Optimized Hard Drive Offerings to 10TB With Advanced Storage Helium-Based WD Red and WD Red Pro Hard Drives

SAN JOSE, Calif.–([1])–Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) , a global data storage technology
and solutions leader, today announced the expansion of its award-winning
WD Red® and WD Red Pro NAS hard drives lineup with the introduction of
10TB capacity models optimized for use in personal, home and small to
medium business NAS systems. Western Digital has shipped more than 15
million helium-based high capacity drives into multiple applications,
including for NAS systems, to date and is continuing to support
customers with higher capacities and outstanding reliability. The WD Red
line of NAS hard drives allow customers to scale up or down to meet
their changing NAS storage needs.

“In July 2012, we introduced the WD Red line to address the unique
performance, compatibility and scalability challenges facing home and
small business NAS customers,” said Brendan Collins, vice president,
devices business unit at Western Digital. “Five years and over 16
million WD Red family hard drives later, we continue to advance the
platform, bringing our innovative HelioSeal platform and other advanced
technologies that allow customers to meet their evolving private cloud
needs.”

WD Red 10TB NAS Hard Drive

Introduced in 2012, WD Red hard drives address the unique environment of
NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and compatible
storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership. Designed
with Western Digital’s HelioSeal® helium-technology, the WD Red 10TB
hard drive provides higher capacity and performance to meet the
increasing storage needs of always-on, single-to-8-bay NAS systems. The
helium-based design enables a 25 percent capacity increase from the WD
Red 8TB NAS storage drive. With support for up to 16 bays in tower- and
rack-based systems, the WD Red Pro 10TB hard drive delivers the same
high performance, reliability and capacity to systems operating in up to
16 bay NAS systems.

Features and Specifications:

WD Red / WD Red Pro 10TB

  • HelioSeal: Bringing Western Digital’s fourth generation, exclusive
    HelioSeal technology in 10TB capacity to the NAS storage market
  • 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that
    improves overall drive performance and reliability
  • Seamless integration with Western Digital’s My
    Cloud® Pro Series
    [2] NAS and My
    Cloud Expert Series
    [3] NAS systems designed specifically for the
    creative community to enable seamless transfer of content between
    devices in any location, whether users are shooting remotely or
    editing at home
  • NASware® 3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware technology,
    designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce
    customer downtime and to simplify the integration process
  • Optimized performance class – 5400 RPM class for SOHO environments,
    7200 RPM class for up to 16 bay NAS systems

The WD Red and WD Red Pro 10TB drives are finalizing compatibility
testing with a number of leading NAS system providers. WD provides a
compatibility list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers that
is available on the WD website at https://www.wdc.com/products/internal-storage/wd-red.html[4].

Availability

The new WD Red and WD Red Pro 10TB hard drives are available now at
select U.S. retailers and distributors. The WD Red 10TB NAS hard drives
feature a three-year limited warranty and a $494.00 USD manufacturer’s
suggested retail price (MSRP) (model #: WD100EFAX). The WD Red Pro 10TB
drives feature a five-year limited warranty and a $533.00 USD MSRP
(model #: WD101KFBX). More information about WD Red hard drives,
including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company
website at https://www.wdc.com/products/internal-storage/wd-red.html[5].

About Western Digital

Western Digital is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies
and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and
preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by
providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions
with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and
speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands
to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and
consumers. Financial and investor information is available on the
company’s Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com.[6]

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including
statements concerning the development, performance and capacity,
capabilities, applications, and availability of the WD Red and WD Red
Pro 10TB HDDs and the HelioSeal platform. There are a number of risks
and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be
inaccurate including, among others: volatility in global economic
conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem;
impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost
of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by
competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our
development and introduction of products based on new technologies and
expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with
acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in
manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company’s
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”),
including our most recently filed periodic report to which your
attention is directed. The company undertakes no obligation to update
the information in this release in the event facts or circumstances
change after the date of this release.

© 2017 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights
reserved. Western Digital, HelioSeal, My Cloud, NASware and WD Red are
registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or
its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other marks are
the property of their respective owners. As used for storage capacity,
one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies
depending on operating environment. Product specifications subject to
change without notice. Not all products are available in all regions of
the world.

WD Red and WD Red Pro 10TB NAS Hard Drive Launch Partners

ASUStor,
Inc.
[7]

“The WD Red and WD Red Pro 10TB hard drives are well-suited for
addressing the growing data storage needs of our home and SMB
customer-base. High-definition videos and photos are driving up capacity
demands as our customers want to store engaging content and multimedia
so it can always be accessible. The WD Red line of hard drives provide
the type of reliability, performance and capacity needed to power a
private cloud, so home and SMB users can create a highly economical and
secure archive,“ said Shawn Shu, president, ASUStor, Inc.

QNAP
Systems, Inc.
[8]

“Over the past five years, Western Digital NAS hard drives have
demonstrated reliability and high performance to make them well suited
for 24/7, data-intense NAS operating environments. With the addition of
10TB capacity, the new helium-based WD Red and WD Red Pro NAS hard
drives offer an ideal pairing with QNAP Turbo NAS products for use in a
variety of SMB and enterprise NAS applications,” said Meiji Chang,
general manager, QNAP.

Synology
Inc
[9].

“Synology is excited for the introduction of the helium-based 10TB WD
Red and WD Red Pro hard drives. Whether it’s sharing
high-definition multimedia content around the house, backing up photos
at the studio, or managing distributed file syncing and disaster
recovery at the office, our users require dependable data storage when
creating their private cloud with Synology NAS. These drives will equip
users with a wider range of reliable, high-performance hard drive
options to best fit their current and next-generation NAS system needs,”
said Alex Wang, CEO, Synology America Corp.

Thecus
Tech., Corp.
[10]

“The WD Red 10 TB drives bring a much-needed capacity increase for SOHO
and SMB users managing their personal and private clouds. These
drives, along with our Thecus NAS units, will provide high-powered,
comprehensive solutions to the storage industry, and we are pleased to
expand our work with Western Digital to provide high-performance,
reliable, and cost-effective NAS solutions for our SOHO and SMB
customers,” said Florence Shih, President, Thecus.

References

  1. ^ (www.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ My Cloud® Pro Series (cts.businesswire.com)
  3. ^ My Cloud Expert Series (cts.businesswire.com)
  4. ^ https://www.wdc.com/products/internal-storage/wd-red.html (cts.businesswire.com)
  5. ^ https://www.wdc.com/products/internal-storage/wd-red.html (cts.businesswire.com)
  6. ^ investor.wdc.com. (cts.businesswire.com)
  7. ^ ASUStor, Inc. (cts.businesswire.com)
  8. ^ QNAP Systems, Inc. (cts.businesswire.com)
  9. ^ Synology Inc (cts.businesswire.com)
  10. ^ Thecus Tech., Corp. (cts.businesswire.com)

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