western digital corp (WDC) Key Developments
WD Expands NAS Storage Offerings with 6 TB, 5-Platter Hard Drive
Jul 21 14
WD announced the expansion of its WD Red(R) line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS systems with the release of a 5 TB(1) and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.
Western Digital Announces Appointment of Paula A. Price to its Board of Directors
Jul 7 14
Western Digital(R) Corp. announced the appointment of Paula A. Price to its board of directors. Ms. Price, 52, is currently senior lecturer at Harvard Business School in the Accounting and Management Unit. She was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ahold USA until January 2014. Ms. Price will be subject to re-appointment at the next Western Digital annual meeting of shareholders. Ms. Price has also been appointed to serve on the board's Audit Committee. With this appointment, Western Digital's board now comprises 13 directors, 12 of whom are external and independent.
WD Introduces My Book(R) Duo, New Desktop Storage Solutions for Home and Office
Jun 24 14
WD introduced My Book(R) Duo (TM), the newest member of its line of desktop storage solutions for home and office. Utilizing two drives, hardware-level RAID and USB 3.0, My Book Duo delivers massive capacity and file transfer speeds not available on single-drive solutions. Available in 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB capacities, My Book Duo also comes with software that creates secure local, cloud and system-level backups for complete data protection.
My Book Duo's dual-drive design offers superior performance with USB 3.0 connection to enable transfer speeds up to 290 MB/s. Optimized for small RAID environments, the integrated WD Red hard drives with true hardware RAID increase performance and reduce data bottlenecks. Preconfigured in RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) 0 for maximum performance and capacity, My Book Duo offers users the flexibility to take advantage of mirror mode (RAID 1) for ultimate data protection or use JBOD configuration to use the drives individually. In mirror mode (RAID 1) the drives continuously maintains a second copy of all digital files for real-time data backup. One drive is used to store the user's data while the second drive is used for a duplicate copy. In the unlikely event that one drive fails, all of the user's data is still available from the other drive. Software available on My Book Duo offers various forms of data protection with local, cloud and system-level backup through WD SmartWare Pro backup software and Acronis True Image software WD Edition. The automatic and continuous settings within WD SmartWare Pro make file and folder backups quick and easy. My Book Duo offers multiple data protection and access benefits to Dropbox account users. Dropbox data can be securely backed up to the local hard drive and integrated cloud backup to Dropbox accounts with WD Smartware Pro to provide safe, offsite storage of critical files -- creating an extra layer of protection. Additionally, with My Book Duo, users can then access information saved in the cloud with Dropbox Web access. In addition to the performance benefits of hardware RAID, My Book Duo is engineered with optimum security in mind. My Book Duo has 256-bit AES hardware encryption and password protection to provide ultimate hardware and software security. My Book Duo is designed with a convenient user-serviceable enclosure and a handy USB hub on the back of the device which allows for connection of mobile phones, tablets and more for charging or data transfer, or to help de-clutter the workstation area. Additional features include: Interface: USB 3.0 (x3); Drives on board: WD Red hard drives; Available capacities: 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB; Data management: RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD; independent CPU for RAID volume management; Security: Hardware RAID, Hardware Encryption, Password Protection; Compatibility: NTFS (default) + Reformat to HFS + J for Mac; Software: WD SmartWare(TM) Pro, Dropbox(TM) cloud integration, Acronis True Image Software WD Edition, WD Security(TM), WD Drive Utilities; Limited Warranty: 2-Year regional warranty. My Book Duo comes with a two-year limited regional warranty. Recommended pricing for My Book Duo is $279.99 for 4 TB, $349.99 for 6 TB, and $449.99 for 8 TB.
Western Digital to Demonstrate First PCI Express Hard Drives at Computex 2014
Jun 3 14
Western Digital will be demonstrating the first PCI Express hard drives at Computex Taipei, June 3-4, 2014. Enabled with key technology partners, WD's prototype introduces the new SATA Express interface, a form of PCI Express technology, which is offered on recently launched Intel(R) series-9 chipset motherboard platforms. The SATA Express interface provides a roadmap for faster speeds, lower power consumption and increased flexibility for future OEM designs. The road to the world's first demonstration of SATA Express has been in development for almost 3 years. In 2011, SATA-IO, the group responsible for charting the future of SATA, announced that it was developing a new specification that would fundamentally change the core technology behind SATA by melding it with the more advanced PCI Express computer interface. In 2013, the SATA Express specification was announced; and just one year later, WD and selected partners have realized a prototype of what is expected to be the next generation of storage technology. By moving to PCI Express, the industry marries the world's most popular storage bus with the world's most popular computer bus. This union provides a solid growth path to innovate new capability, while preserving the ability to plug legacy SATA drives into new SATA Express based computers. In another innovation, SATA Express allows cable connections with lower costs, by removing the PCI Express Sync line via SRIS (Separate RefClock with Independent SSC), which lowers the overall cable cost. The SATA Express interface will be demonstrated in systems from WD's key partners at Computex to show the operational interface with their new platforms. This new SATA Express infrastructure allows customers to work with SSDs, SSHDs, and HDDs on a single common bus. WD's demonstration prototype leverages standard AHCI drivers and is compatible with all known, currently supported client operating system releases.
WD Unveils New WD TV - Personal Edition Media Player
Jun 2 14
WD, a Western Digital company and a provider of connected storage solutions, has unveiled the new WD TV - Personal Edition, a Wi-Fi enabled media player that reportedly plays any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on the home network. WD TV- Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting many file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more. Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport Ultra and My Book product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD's My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked PC or Mac computer in the home. The new WD TV media player features WD's newest intuitive user interface that allows users to take control of their entertainment by customizing the home page with their favorite apps, setting shortcuts to favorite content folders for quick access, and setting auto-run for preferred apps to begin at startup. Additionally, WD TV now supports Miracast, so that users can project their Miracast enabled mobile device onto their TV in up to Full HD 1080p. WD TV also allows customers to easily stream hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on TV shows and stay connected to social networks through apps such as YouTube, Hulu Plus, VUDU, SlingPlayer, Spotify, Pandora and Facebook, among many others. The WD TV Remote app improves the navigation experience for WD TV users by turning their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their media player. The WD TV Remote app's advanced features allow users to more easily navigate the wide variety of digital media WD TV users enjoy on their television.