WD -wants- the low- mid- server market. As it stands without the necessary SATA controllers, the WD740GD's major market may remain the enthusiast crowd.
That's interesting - is there a reason they would not go after the big retail system boys? I recall that once the general public became aware of drive rotational speed and Dell, Gateway etc. began advertising 7200 RPM drives they fairly quickly became the standard for even basic home systems. Given the way the home/desktop market has gotten crunched I would think that those guys would be looking for something like this to help rebuild a premium PC market.
Are any of the big guys building 10K SATA systems yet? Could WD provide enough to meet the demand of a Dell?
While active & vocal, does the "enthusiast" represent a significant market in the PC industry?
I do not know how typical I am, but with a couple $100K in SCSI hardware it will be some time before I don't need SCSI support in my systems, so they will have it. I could consider one of these drives for OS, but it is just another thing to deal with so I will be conservative there. I tend to think this is the approach most businesses will have - when paying the mortgage is on the line you tend to be careful, particularly when you don't need a new option.
I know a lot of the mid-level RAID builders (e.g., Rorke) are moving to SATA instead of "PATA" (of course, with SCSI interface) and they might appreciate a drive like this if it were produced in a higher capacity format. Of course, I am not sure how significant these sorts of guys are in terms of total units sold.
Given how long we had to wait for this drive, any speculation on when the capacity might double again?