Western Digital Extends New Data Center Innovations
by Justin Hughes
SAN JOSE, CA – Further expanding its value, innovation and reach into the data center market, Western Digital Corporation publicized new additions to its data center solutions portfolio, granting customers the flexibility to design modern infrastructures and extract greater value from data. The new solutions include the ActiveScale™ 5.3 object storage system, extensions to the IntelliFlash™ N Series family of all-flash arrays, and the new Ultrastar® Serv60+8 hybrid storage server platform. This broad portfolio provides the building blocks to quickly deploy data center solutions for better performance, efficiency and TCO while opening up opportunities to capture, preserve, access and transform data in ways that were not previously possible.
Eric Burgener, research vice president of Storage at IDC, said, “Enterprises undergoing digital transformation are looking for improved efficiencies, and consolidating storage workloads onto fewer platforms, while continuing to meet performance, scalability and availability requirements. This is something CIOs are actively thinking about. With this announcement, Western Digital is offering a range of modernized infrastructure that support key new technologies like NVMe, hybrid cloud replication and software-defined storage. These solutions can cost-effectively meet the needs of enterprises and cloud providers alike for block, file and object storage-based workloads in primary and secondary storage environments.”
Pushed by the volume, velocity and variety of data, from edge to core, data centers are undergoing tremendous change as organizations try to find innovative ways to fuel expansion while managing flat IT budgets. With new applications and use cases constantly emerging, driven by IoT, machine learning, AI and analytics, IT managers must design for the future. Addressing these concerns, Western Digital’s new offerings include the ActiveScale™ 5.3 Object Storage System, IntelliFlash™ NVMe Flash Arrays, and Ultrastar® Serv60+8 Hybrid Storage Server Platform.
Western Digital’s ActiveScale P100 and X100 systems represent the next-generation of object storage for petabyte-scale unstructured data growth. With ActiveScale 5.3 now supporting up to 19-nines of data durability, the system facilitates “Data Forever” architecture, allowing customers to economically store petabytes of data over multiple generations of storage with confidence.
In addition, one of the first Unified, NVMe flash arrays to market, Western Digital’s IntelliFlash N Series is specially designed for real-time transactional applications, machine learning, artificial intelligence and deep analytics. Western Digital is introducing four new IntelliFlash N-Series systems to deliver extreme performance with exceptional economics for a wide range of enterprise workloads. Powered by IntelliFlash OS 3.9, the N Series portfolio can scale from 19TB to 1.3PB of solid-state storage..
Furthermore, new to the family is the Ultrastar Serv60+8 high-capacity, performance-optimized storage server, representing a cornerstone in the company’s entry into the SDS server market. Designed for SDS archive, backup, media streaming, content repositories, and remote office and private-cloud environments, it features dual Intel® Xeon® scalable processors combined with 60 bays for SSD, HDD or hybrid drive configurations, and a dedicated high-performance, eight-bay SSD section that can accept SAS, SATA or NVMe SSDs for added data acceleration.
Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager of Western Digital’s Data Center Systems business unit, concluded, “In this rapidly changing, data-centric world, relentlessly driven by new technologies, environments, applications and use cases, IT managers must anticipate and implement solutions that enable and drive their future productivity and value creation capabilities. With these new additions, expanding the breadth and depth of our portfolio, we are enabling our data center customers to build and scale their operations with the flexibility of complete systems for easy deployment, and scalable, storage server platforms for DIY SDS environments. These new capabilities and offerings further expand our commitment to reducing data center operating costs and delivering higher value to our customers.”