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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Forget ATA vs. SCSI vs. Fibre Channel. When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform, says David Reinsel, research manager at IDC. At least, that's one fact made clear by the introduction of Western Digital's new Raptor 36GB drive, which has neither a SCSI nor Fibre Channel interface, but Serial ATA (SATA). At 10,000 rpms, though, and with a 5.2 ms seek time and 1.2 million hour mean time between failures (MTBF) rate, the new drive clearly "parallels SCSI drives in terms of performance and reliability," says Steve Wilkins, Western Digital director of product marketing for enterprise products. All that, for 30% less than a comparable SCSI drive. Prior to the Raptor, WD hadn't competed in the enterprise drive segment for a number of years. "We recognized that it was not our fortÉ," Wilkins says. The new SATA Raptor drive "represents an opportunity for us to regain the enterprise market." But while "ATA drives are getting more ... Access >>>

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