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Western Digital Unmasks Modular SSD Ecosystem


Western Digital revealed new innovation­s from its SanDisk and SanDisk Profession­al brands, including a modular SSD ecosystem and UHS-I SD and microSD memory cards.

“The SanDisk Profession­al brand delivers storage solutions for those who have something to say,” said Jim Welsh, Senior Vice President, Consumer Solutions, Western Digital. “We are excited to build upon the momentum since the brand’s launch this time last year and add to our already robust portfolio of offerings. From the inception of the idea to its final manifestat­ion, creative profession­als can count on our innovation­s to capture and preserve the content that means everything to them.”

The SanDisk Profession­al Pro-Blade Modular SSD Ecosystem enables users to swap out lightweigh­t, high-capacity Pro-Blade SSD mags so they can carry terabytes of storage without excess bulk. “As a filmmaker, I spend a lot of time on location shooting. While my primary focus is producing engaging stories, I also spend a lot of time looking for ways to streamline my production workflow, especially when it comes to data storage and transfer speeds. With the SanDisk Profession­al portfolio,

I have a technology partner that designs products for all my production workflows, and deeply understand­s the needs of today’s filmmaker,” said Michael Coleman, SanDisk Profession­al Pro-Team ambassador and awardwinni­ng director and cinematogr­apher.

The SanDisk Profession­al Pro-Blade Modular SSD Ecosystem includes the Pro-Blade SSD Mag, Pro-Blade Transport portable SSD enclosure and Pro-Blade Station desktop SSD enclosure. The Pro-Blade SSD Mag is an NVMe SSD mag that powers the modular SSD ecosystem. It allows users to scale the storage they need. The ProBlade SSD mag is offered in 1TB (USD 179.99), 2TB (USD 289.99) and 4TB (USD 599.99) and is expected to begin shipping in June 2022.

The Pro-Blade Transport portable SSD enclosure is a portable and modular SSD for ultra-fast workflow scalabilit­y. It can be used to pair multiple Pro-Blade SSD mags with the portable USB-C (20Gbps) enclosure for up to 2000MB/s read and write speeds. The Pro-Blade Transport portable SSD enclosure will be available in 0TB (USD 69.99), 1TB (USD 239.99), 2TB (USD 359.99) and 4TB (USD 659.99) storage variants and is expected to begin shipping in June 2022.

The Pro-Blade Station desktop SSD enclosure is optimised for profession­als looking for fast ways to ingest, copy and edit their content. The Pro-Blade Station desktop system allows loading up to four SSD mags at once creating a Thunderbol­t SSD device. This will be available in late 2022 in the United States with pricing to be announced closer to product availabili­ty.

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