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100TB Server - Big Just Got Bigger:
Aberdeen Qualifies 2TB Drives - Doubling Storage Capacities


Press Release August, 3 2009
100TB Server - Big Just Got Bigger:
Aberdeen Qualifies 2TB Drives - Doubling Storage Capacities

Santa Fe Springs, California, August 3, 2009: Aberdeen unveils the 100TB AberNAS server with VMware Certification, featuring the 2TB hard drive. With its qualification of the new 2 terabyte fully enterprise rated SATA drives, Aberdeen retains its position as an industry leader in providing a complete array of scalable custom servers and storage. The Stirling X888 will be on display at the Siggraph Exhibition and Conference at the New Orleans Convention Center in booth #3307, August 4-6, 2009.

Aberdeen is primed to take advantage of the much anticipated, world's first enterprise level 2TB hard drive. With units already implemented by select qualified customers, Aberdeen now rolls out a complete product matrix of 2TB ready servers and storage. Servers based on the 2TB drives are available today, from small 24TB RAID storage array servers up to the 100TB Stirling X888, with instant scalability well above ½ petabyte (500TB).

"As evidenced by our numerous VMware storage certifications, Aberdeen is at the forefront of storage technology," states Jack Tateel, Executive VP for Aberdeen. "Increasing storage capacity and resource efficiency are paramount for growing businesses. By utilizing the 2TB drive, Aberdeen will strengthen any company's storage position.”

By virtue of laboratory testing, Aberdeen RAID storage servers outfitted with the WD RE4-GP 2TB drives demonstrated significant speed improvements when compared to 15K SAS drives. When compared in a typical RAID 5 storage environment, IOmeter file server benchmark testing resulted in 15% Seq. Read performance and 58% Seq. Write performance increases for the 2TB drives versus 15k SAS drives.

Aberdeen leverages the storage performance benefits of the eco-friendly enterprise level 2TB drives by integrating them into its complete line of servers and storage. This prompt move to embrace density-efficient drives is exemplified with Aberdeen’s breadth of 2TB drive optimized storage offerings. Entry-level, single processor servers ranging from the VMware Certified 12TB Stirling 209 server starting under $4000 to the 8TB AberNAS 160 Series starting under $5,000 in a 1U form factor are currently shipping. As for larger capacity servers Aberdeen offers the highly dense 24TB VMware Certified 2U expandable AberNAS with a sub $10k price point up to the dual Intel Xeon 5500 Series processor based enterprise-level servers able to deliver nearly unlimited storage scalability.

“Our customers have ever expanding storage needs and are looking for ways to meet those needs while also cutting power costs,” said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise storage solutions business unit. “With WD’s innovative enterprise product offerings, storage system manufacturers such as Aberdeen can now efficiently address customers’ ever expanding storage requirements.”

This latest announcement comes in a series of innovations undertaken by Aberdeen to help improve storage efficiency and performance, while finding ways to trim operating costs. Already supporting such industry advances as VMware vSphere, Intel Nehalem processors and the fastest RAID controllers in the market, Aberdeen's adoption of the 2TB SATA drive is a natural next step. Businesses looking for capacity-optimized storage systems can partner with Aberdeen to achieve an uncompromising competitive advantage in the storage market, with greater efficiency and high levels of quality, while stifling rising overhead costs.

Availability and Support:
All Aberdeen 2TB optimized servers are currently shipping with worldwide availability and can be custom configured to meet even the most stringent requirement via the Aberdeen Web site ( or by contacting an Aberdeen Account Executive at (800)552-6868. Aberdeen has a media recognized, industry leading 5 year limited warranty as well as a free 30 day trial assessment program with all of its branded server solutions.

Media Contacts:
Charles E. Stevens
Marketing Manager
562-903-1500 x184

Jack Tateel
VP of Sales
562-903-1500 x157

About Aberdeen:
Aberdeen is a leading manufacturer of servers and storage. Delivering exceptional performance, unparalleled reliability and outstanding value, Aberdeen’s award winning products are deployed every day by IT departments in many of the world’s largest organizations. More information about Aberdeen is available at

About Western Digital:
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.

WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site,, to access a variety of financial and investor information.





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