- Raptor Outperforms SCSI 10 and 15k Drives
One of several press releases to update you all on today, Western Digital have announced that their high speed 10,000RPM Raptor was officially compared against both 10 and 15k rpm SCSI drives from two seperate competitors, and it took the crown. The head-to-head tests were conducted by Maximum PC Magazine, displayed in this month's issue. There's no doubt about it, SCSI isn't as glorified as it once was now that manufacturers are catching up in a big way with more popular and affordable technology. Read the comments below for more details.
"These comparisons prove that the performance of hard drives is defined by hard drive platform mechanics, electronics and firmware, and not by the SCSI or SATA interface," said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital. "WD Raptor has an enterprise-class mechanical platform comparable to SCSI, is the first and only SATA drive to spin at 10,000 RPM, and Maximum PC's and Custom PC's results verify WD Raptor as one of the fastest hard drives available, regardless of interface."
Hard drives with the SCSI interface have long offered the best performance and have been utilized in applications requiring the fastest read and write speeds such as servers and storage subsystems. SATA technology is a new, lower-cost, disruptive technology, displacing SCSI in an increasing number of enterprise computing and storage applications.
"Serial ATA, especially the WD Raptor, is being selected over SCSI by a majority of our customers," said Mike Fay, vice president of sales for Colfax International, a custom-engineered computer systems company based in Sunnyvale, Calif. "They are asking for Serial ATA, rather than SCSI, because they demand high performance and high reliability at the best possible price point. The Colfax-engineered servers including SATA RAID adapters and WD Raptor 10,000 RPM drives deliver the same performance and the same reliability as SCSI, but at a significantly lower price point than SCSI."
WD Raptor hard drives have been claimed the fastest SATA hard drives available by numerous media properties, including Maximum PC in a separate article, StorageReview.com and others. The drives are designed for enterprise storage environments such as high-end workstations, servers and storage subsystems, where performance and reliability are critical. Available in 36 and 74 GB capacities, WD Raptor drives offer average seek times as low as 4.5 milliseconds (ms), 1.2 million hours MTTF (Mean Time To Failure), and a five-year warranty. These attributes are attracting systems builders and storage manufacturers to the capabilities of SATA and WD Raptor.
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