Published on January 27th, 2022 | by Adrian Gunning
Western Digital’s Flash Innovation Helps Small- to Medium-sized Businesses using NAS
According to an IDC 2021 FutureScape, by 2021, at least 70% of digitally-enabled small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will operate under a hybrid model of working, with remote work emerging as a norm¹.
This can put pressure on business owners as they, their staff or IT consultants support advanced use cases like virtualisation, collaborative editing and intensive database workloads in order to manage the seamless flow of data.
For SMBs, NAS — or network attached storage — is one of the most widely used methods for accessing, sharing and protecting data alongside the cloud. NAS solutions help SMBs solve for latency and remote shared access to data or applications across the network.
“SMBs need robust systems that are efficient and intuitive to manage, and in many cases they need some sort of infrastructure on-premises. A NAS solution can benefit SMBs of all sizes, providing the performance, capacity and reliability they need. For more advanced and performance intensive applications, however, the NAS system will need a boost,” said Eric Spanneut, vice president of Client and Enterprise SSDs for Western Digital’s Flash Business unit. “Our new WD Red™ SN700 NVMe™ SSD is the perfect caching solution to complement our WD Red HDDs in a high-capacity NAS environment.”
Boost NAS Performance with a New NVMe SSD Cache Solution
Leveraging its strength and leadership in flash, Western Digital today announced the new WD Red SN700 NVMe SSD, a high-endurance, fast-caching solution that accelerates NAS performance for SMB customers.
This powerful new drive is engineered to support 24/7 NAS environments and always-on applications with the ultimate in reliability and endurance. Its fast system responsiveness and I/O performance are perfect for multi-user, multi-application environments, letting SMBs tame their toughest projects from virtualisation to collaborative editing to intensive database storage. Its slim “gum stick” design slips right into the NVMe-ready M.2 slot that is available in many of today’s leading NAS enclosures.
“NVMe technology is now more integral to QNAP solutions than ever before, with most of our RAID models supporting M.2 SSD caching as a standard,” said Tamblyn Calman, sales and marketing director, QNAP. “The WD Red SN700 NVMe SSD helps to further enhance QNAP’s product portfolio’s storage capabilities by boosting the NAS system’s read/write speeds without adding to the overall number of disks in the array.”
Key features of the WD Red SN700 NVMe SSD drive include:
- High Performance – Delivers up to 3,430 MB/s** performance (500GB and 1TB models) – more than 5 times the sequential read capability of SATA drives
- High Reliability and Endurance – Optimised for 24/7 NAS workload environments offering high reliability and endurance of up to 5,100 TBW (4TB model) to handle the constant caching of read and rewrite cycles
- High Capacity – Offered in capacities from 250GB* to 4TB* to help cover present and future caching needs
Pricing and Availability
The WD Red SN700 NVMe SSD is now available for purchase from select retailers, e-tailers, resellers and system integrators including PLE Computers, Scorptec, Centre Com, Mwave, JW Computers, Umart Online and CPL. Capacities range from 250GB‡‡ up to 4TB‡‡ and start at $99 MSRP (AUD) or $117.50 (NZD). The device also features a 5-year limited warranty.***