Western Digital debuts Se enterprise-class drive family

Western Digital debuts Se enterprise-class drive family

Summary: The hard drives are designed specifically for scale-out datacenter deployments.


Western Digital this morning announced the availability of its Se line of hard drives, which specifically target scale-out datacenter deployments.

The four drives, which will ship in capacities between two terabytes and four terabytes, are now available through select distributors and resellers. They are priced between $160 and $310.

Large-scale replicated environments, mid-sized network attached storage deployment and backup/archiving applications are the applications that the U.S. storage company had in mind for its new product line, which distinguishes itself with a dual processor, dual actuators, monitoring technology to correct linear and rotational vibration and a multi-axis shock sensor.

WD says it uses Se drives in its own datacenter, where it tested them using the Apache Hadoop open-source framework.

The drives fit in WD's overall business portfolio somewhere ahead of its Red line, which targets the small NAS system market, and behind its performance-focused Xe and durability-focused Re lines, which address large-scale rack-based NAS sytems. 

Topics: Storage, Data Centers

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  • Please explain WD Test procedure

    Read in the link given by the article: http://www.wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1050
    "All drives undergo at least 5 million hours of functional testing, and over 20 million hours of additional testing under actual workloads in actual server and storage systems."

    5M hours = 570 years. That doesn't make any sense. Please enlighten if if are familiar with hard drive test procedure. Thanks
    • It's a matter of arithmetic.

      They're not testing one drive for hundreds of years; they're testing hundred(s) of the same model of drive concurrently.
      • And a matter of experience

        Which shows that whether those drives will survive that long is an big unknown.
        Much like what happened with the DVDs that were supposed to survive 100 years...
  • Difference between..

    So whats the difference between these and the 'black' range, which is also 7200rpm / 4tb / SATA 6 Gb/s / 64MB ? (And similar in price)
  • Warranty

    Will they have a 5-year warranty like the RE line?