WD introduced its new WD Sentinel DS5100 and WD Sentinel DS6100 (S-series) ultra-compact network storage plus servers based on high-performance Intel Xeon processors and pre-installed with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. The 4-bay Sentinel servers feature WD enterprise-class hard drives for up to 16 TB of raw storage.
Additionally, unlike traditional NAS systems, the WD Sentinel S-series allows small businesses to run line-of-business applications on their network storage platform.
"WD is using enterprise-class components to build a new family of network appliances for small businesses," said Bill Evans, general manager of WD's business storage solutions group. "The WD Sentinel S-series network appliances are engineered with Intel Xeon processors, pre-populated with WD Se® datacenter 3.5-inch hard drives for rapid deployment, and feature dedicated 2.5-inch boot drives for maximum reliability. No other vendor offers a comparable network storage plus server in an equally small form factor. With a small footprint and quiet fan, an S-series appliance can be deployed anywhere."
Five models of WD Sentinel S-series appliances are available. MSRP starts at $2,560.00 USD for the WD Sentinel DS5100 4 TB network storage plus server.