WD Red & Red Pro – 04: (Second from left), Edmund Thamrenowned wedding photographer and guest speakerMargaret KohSales Director, Asia South, WD, Wong Yen LinBusiness Senior Sales Manager, WD Malaysia and Mike GohPrinciple Field Application Engineer together unveiling the new WD Red (5TB and 6TB) drives as well as the new WD Red Pro. 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 August 2014 – WD®, a Western Digital® (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red® line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB[1] and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.
“With the
expansion and evolution of the WD Red family, WD once again is providing its
loyal customers with increased capacity up to 6 TB; improved bay count support with
up to 8 bays; increased product breadth with WD Red Pro; and more features with
the latest generation of NASware technology,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice
president and general manager, WD Storage Technology. “WD continues to listen
to its customers and bring exciting innovation to the category they helped to create.”
WD Red & Red Pro – 02: The all new WD Red (5TB and 6TB) and WD Red Pro
is set to revolutionize the NAS storage market through larger storage capacity
as well as larger bay counts, meeting both consumers and enterprise market
A storage
industry innovation first introduced in 2012, WD Red hard drives address the
unique environment of NAS and the growing demand for affordable, reliable and
compatible storage that reduces customer total cost of ownership. With the
release of 5 TB and 6 TB models, the WD Red line of hard drives is now further
enriched with greater storage capacity and increased performance with NASware
3.0, an enhanced version of WD’s original NASware® technology,
designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer
downtime and to simplify the integration process.
WD Red hard
drives also feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control
technology, which significantly improves overall drive performance and
reliability. Exclusive for WD Red customers, WD offers free premium 24×7 dedicated
By increasing
NASware 3.0 capability, the WD Red 1–6 TB capacity drives are capable of
supporting up to eight bay NAS systems with no negative impact to performance.
Red Pro
Ideal for
medium to large business environments, the new WD Red Pro line of NAS hard
drives supports eight to 16 bay NAS systems. The enhanced design offers
reliable, high performance storage powered by NASware 3.0. By introducing the
WD Red Pro, WD now has a full portfolio NAS storage solution with the WD Red
family (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for both consumer and business NAS solutions.
The WD Green™
line of cool and quiet hard drives is also seeing capacity expansion with 5 TB
and 6 TB additions for high capacity consumer storage.
High capacity
WD 6 TB hard drives will integrate seamlessly with WD My Cloud®, WD My
Cloud EX2, WD My Cloud EX4, WD My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage
as well as My Book® and My Book Duo external drive solutions and are
compatible to work with a wide array of WD OEM NAS partners. An updated list of
WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers is available on the WD website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810.
Availability and Pricing
Available now
at select retailers and is distributed by Amble Action Sdn Bhd, Eternal Asia
(M) Sdn Bhd and Achieva Technology Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. WD Red and WD Red Pro
have three- and five-year limited regional warranties, respectively.
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for WD Red 5 TB (model #: WD50EFRX) is RM819.00, and RM989.00 for 6 TB (model #: WD60EFRX). Pricing for WD Red Pro 2 TB
(model #: WD2001FFSX) is RM529.00, RM659.00 for 3 TB (model #: WD3001FFSX) and
RM859.00 for 4 TB (model #: WD4001FFSX). More information about WD Red
hard drives including terms of the limited warranty may be found on the company
website at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/internal/nas/.
WD Red & Red Pro – 03: Enhanced
 The new WD Red (5TB and 6TB) and WD Red Pro have been tested to ensure its compatibility with almost all NAS enclosures available in the market.  

WD Red NAS Hard Drive Launch Partners

“In the digital era of
exponential data growth, the need for versatile cloud storage that integrates
storage, backup and file sharing has never been greater. ASUSTOR NAS devices
were created to meet these demands for both home and enterprise users alike. Innovative
technology, an intuitive interface and compatibility for Windows, Mac and Unix
operating systems make ASUSTOR NAS devices the optimal choice for creating a
cloud storage space. When creating a cloud storage space, stable hard disk
storage is an extremely important factor. The newly launched WD Red series not
only provides high capacity drives at 6
TB/5 TB, but also offers the type of stable performance,
energy efficiency and quiet operation, that make it an excellent choice for use
with ASUSTOR NAS devices such as the AS-608T and AS-609RD,” said Shawn Shu,
president of ASUSTOR.
“We think that new WD Red’s enhanced compatibility, capability and
reliability as well as expanded capacity will lead to expansion of the NAS
product lines targeted at the SMB/SOHO segment as the needs for the NAS system
that offers high performance
and reliability as well as the
effective platform to share the ever ballooning business data increases. We
also think that WD Red Pro will contribute to the expansion of the overall NAS
market since it shares the same technology platform as the enterprise products
and is tailored for the NAS systems of medium to large businesses. We look
forward to offering NAS products to the wider customer base with the new NAS
optimized products”, said Tomomi Tsuchida, executive officer general manager of
Business Strategy Dept. of I-O DATA DEVICE, Inc.”
QNAP Systems, Inc.
“The constant growth of data and the need for intensive
data access across diverse applications continuously drive NAS users’ needs for
hard drives with the highest capacity, reliability and performance,” said
Richard Lee, CEO of QNAP Systems, Inc. “The launch of WD Red 6
NAS hard drives and WD Red Pro NAS hard drives offer QNAP Turbo NAS products
with more reliable solutions for 24/7 operations to meet the specific
requirements of home NAS users and medium-to-large-scale businesses
“Synology is excited for the
launch of 6 TB WD Red and WD Red Pro hard drives, allowing for more
choices of hard drives to fit various requirements. Together with WD Red
drives, Synology DiskStation and RackStation provides users with
reliable solutions that grow with their storage demands, and efficiently
centralize and share their data,” said Rosiel Lee, senior sales and marketing
Thecus Tech., Corp.
“The introduction of the WD Red 6 TB and the WD Red
Pro 4 TB by WD provide SOHO and SMB users with tools that are essential for an
optimal data storage environment. These drives, along with our Thecus NAS
units, will provide high-powered, comprehensive solutions to the storage
industry,” said Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp.
“The My Cloud family
has received strong reception from consumers,” said Scott Vouri, vice president
of marketing for WD’s content solutions group. “WD Red drive offers ideal
attributes for small NAS systems, including My Cloud, in which customers will
benefit from those attributes in the future.”