What simply occurred? Following controversy and a number of lawsuits over promoting slower SMR disks beneath its Red household of NAS drives, Western Digital has introduced that it is including a brand new ‘Red Plus’ tier to the sequence, which is able to solely be occupied by CMR drives meant for small/medium companies and ZFS customers. Consequently, WD’s Red lineup will now be divided into three sub-brands: ‘Red’ for DMSMR (Shingled) fashions, ‘Red Plus’ for CMR-based disks geared toward SMBs, and ‘Red Pro’ for dealing with excessive workloads of huge enterprises.
Western Digital has been in injury management mode for the previous few months after it was discovered promoting slower SMR-based disks beneath its WD Red lineup of NAS HDDs. The firm initially gave a blended response to the controversy and shortly adopted up with an entire checklist of SMR drives bought throughout its whole HDD portfolio.
It was apparently too little too late as lawsuits began showing earlier this month, blasting WD for silently promoting inferior expertise drives, allegedly. Nonetheless, the corporate has now decided to increase the WD Red household to distinguish fashions higher and assist customers select the fitting disk in accordance with workload and utility necessities.
WD’s present SMR-based drives will proceed to be bought beneath the ‘Red’ sub-branding, which the producer says shall be chosen by the vast majority of NAS homeowners with lighter small workplace/dwelling workplace (SOHO) workloads.
The new ‘Red Plus’ tier, nevertheless, will solely comprise of CMR-based drives for customers with workload-intensive purposes resembling RAID resilvering utilizing the ZFS file system. This vary will even get extra capacities quickly, highlighted in purple. Meanwhile, the flagship ‘Red Pro’ lineup meant for big companies with “the highest-intensity usage” stays unchanged.
WD now formally recommends the Red Pro or Red Plus drives for ZFS and workload-intensive purposes, whereas it is DMSMR drives ought to suffice for customers trying to archive content material, keep dwelling backups, or setup file sharing within the workplace.