Western Digital Announces New Lineup of Se Hard Drives

Western Digital has announced its new lineup of Se-series hard drives. These hard drives are intended to be used in data centers and with industrial applications. The drives are engineered to be much more robust and reliable, and thus aim to be more cost-effective.

"Today's cloud datacenter installations require a cost-effective way to build large-scale storage systems, while maintaining the 24x7 reliability necessary to minimize total cost of ownership," said Richard E. Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's datacenter storage business unit. "WD's utilization of vast amounts of manufacturing and engineering data has forced us - like many other companies - to use map-reduce methodologies to effectively analyze our data. The WD Se hard drives are used in our own big datacenter, where we have gained real-world experience with Apache Hadoop."

The WD Se drives will be available in capacities ranging from 2 TB to 4 TB. All of the drives will spin at 7200 RPM, have a SATA interface, sequential performance of up to 171 MB/s, and an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of 800,000 hours. This is based on a workload of around 180 TB/yr. The drives consume up to 9.5 W during random reads and writes.

The drives should already be available through select retailers, with MSRP pricing starting at $159.99 for the WD2000F9YZ and ending at $309.99 for the WD4000F9YZ.

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  • If these are offered with five year warranties, I could see them being a good option The price premium doesn't look too bad (they will no doubt come in under MSRP), but data reliability can be a big deal. Since they are targeted at data centers, I wonder if they will have TLER for RAID use?
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  • They really should come with TLER, but if they do indeed have TLER, they'd be a steal at this price for home NAS etc
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  • I sure hope these drives have TLER. If so, I'll probably be picking up a few. If not, then most data centers would be foolish to use these.
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