Western Digital is breaking into the enterprise storage market with two Scsi drives due to ship in volume in October.
The disk drive vendor claims that its Enterprise drives offer a 20 per cent higher data transfer rate compared with rival products.
The low-profile, 3.5in form factor drives have capacities of 2.1Gb and 4.3Gb respectively. They have a rotational speed of 7,200 rpm and a data transfer rates of 17.5Mb/s.
According to sources, the company is considering taking on extra high-end distributors to focus on the Scsi business.
Tom Porter, VP of R&D at Western Digital's enterprise storage group (ESG), said: 'Western Digital entered this business to broaden its data storage offerings to OEM and distribution customers. We have assembled a dedicated team of enterprise storage experts, and are leveraging the company's R&D resources and manufacturing investments.'
The company has adapted technology from its IDE business to kick start the Scsi products. It is also using a new manufacturing site in Singapore to produce the drives.
Dan Good, director of marketing at the ESG, defended any claims that the firm was late to market, saying: 'Compared with competitive drives, Enterprise drives have fewer components, such as heads and disks, which translates into greater reliability and manufacturability.'
Other features of the Enterprise drives include a Scsi-3 compliant interface and support for ultra fast and ultra fast wide host transfers.
Distributors for the products include Ideal Hardware, CHS and Ingram Micro.
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