With the successful launch of the GP Caviar last month, Western Digital has extended their GreenPower lineup with the RE2-GP HDD.  It is a one terabyte drive, built for enterprise level storage, so you won’t see high burst speeds as this drive is designed to provide reliable constant speeds.  It does retain it’s lowered power requirements, as you wold expect, and you can see what else WD put in this drive over at The Tech Report.

“When we looked at Western Digital’s “GreenPower” Caviar GP last month, we heralded the drive’s low noise levels and frugal power consumption. Given the GP’s slower spindle speed and energy-efficient billing, those results were largely expected. What surprised us, however, was how well the GreenPower Caviar handled demanding multi-user loads. It’s not often that you find low power consumption with strong performance riding shotgun.

That combination makes the GreenPower drives particularly enticing for enterprise environments looking to maximize storage capacity within a limited power budget. Don’t think that potential went unnoticed at Western Digital. The company has been massaging the GP to better suit enterprise applications, and the result of those efforts is the new RE2-GP.

As one might expect, the RE2-GP has much in common with the Caviar GP. However, the RE2 packs a few additional perks, including a longer warranty, optimization for RAID environments, and firmware tweaks that aim to deliver better performance with enterprise-class applications. Read on to see how those firmware tweaks affect the GreenPower’s performance and why this drive might be a slam-dunk for enterprise storage.”

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