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Western Digital Introduces Cold-Data-Storage HDDs Optimized for The Modern Datacenter

Western Digital announced its innovative WD Ae(TM) line of hard drives designed for the unique operating characteristics of the emerging archive tier within web-scale datacenters. Built on a platform to achieve optimal total cost of ownership (TCO), WD Ae hard drives utilize the lowest possible power consumption and a Progressive Capacity(TM) model to enable a new tier of storage for large-scale cloud infrastructures. The expanding scale of data creation and the corresponding need to retain, preserve and extract value from that data creates a new and unique challenge for large-scale datacenter entities. Reliable, long-term data management for massive-scale data storage is becoming ever more critical. The conventional tools and technologies for cost-effective storage are not effective in massive-scale datacenters, so entirely new approaches to storage architectures and associated component technology are emerging. Focusing on the unique attributes of cold data, WD has led the cold/archive market with multiple generations of archive storage, actively evolving a product formula to deliver the optimal combination of cost-effectiveness, power efficiency, storage density and application intensity. WD Ae drives are purpose-built archive HDDs with extreme areal density on a high volume mechanical platform that offers increased power efficiency and a Progressive Capacity model. Part of the unique attributes of the WD Ae hard drive family includes: a dense five-platter platform, which renders an optimal mix of power, performance, capacity and cost; capacities greater than 6 TB; SATA 6 Gb/s interface; and a workload and reliability rating of 60 TB/yr workload and 500 Khrs Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF). As technology and manufacturing processes mature over time, incremental capacity increases are realized. WD's innovative Progressive Capacity model allows distribution of these incrementally higher capacity models to take advantage of their fullest available capacity: 6.1 TB, 6.2 TB, or 6.3 TB, for instance. These more granular capacity increments result in far greater capacity attainment through the life of a product platform. At the massive scale of modern applications, the availability of incremental capacity each quarter renders exceptional value to datacenters who can realize improvements in capacity-per-drive, capacity-per-volumetric space and reduced infrastructure overhead. WD Ae hard drives will be sold in box quantities of 20 and available to select distributors and integrators starting late 2014. WD Ae drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty.

Western Digital Corporation and Smartvue Announce New Surveillance Platform Based on My Cloud EX Series

Western Digital announced that its My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 multi-bay network attached storage solutions now combine with the Smartvue surveillance software to enable remote video monitoring and management of IP cameras. By installing the Smartvue app within the apps feature of the My Cloud dashboard, the My Cloud EX products convert into a powerful video surveillance system capable of supporting up to eight cameras from one web portal. In addition, the Smartvue mobile app, available for iOS and Android mobile devices, provides viewing and management of camera footage recorded on the My Cloud EX products, as well as remote monitoring of live feeds from the cameras. The Smartvue surveillance app also allows users to set automated alerts, motion detection, recording schedules and more. With support for hundreds of leading IP cameras, My Cloud EX and Smartvue users have plenty of quality options for setting up their surveillance system. The Smartvue surveillance platform for My Cloud EX products will be downloadable and available in October. At launch, the initial languages supported will be English and German. Additional languages will be available later in 2014. WD My Cloud Expert series is available at selected retailers, e-tailers, value added resellers, direct market resellers and distributors as well as online at the wdstore.com worldwide. MSRP is $379.99 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, $799.99 for 8 TB, $949.99 for 12 TB $1,149.99 for 16 TB, $1,279.99 for 20 TB and $1,479.99 for 24 TB. For My Cloud EX2, MSRP is $369.99 for 4 TB, $469.99 for 6 TB, $569.99 for 8 TB, $799.99 for 10TB and $879.99 for 12 TB. Compatibility: My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 are compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.

Western Digital Unveils My Passport Wireless, an Easy to Use Wi-Fi Enabled Storage Drive

Western Digital unveiled My Passport(R) Wireless, an easy to use Wi-Fi(TM) enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. For the frequent business traveler to the family on a road trip or creative professional working in the field, the My Passport Wireless drive is a simple way to connect all computing and mobile devices to content without any wires or Internet connection. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection. The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive. Available in 500GB, 1TB or 2TB models, users now have the ability to store and access up to hundreds of hours of movies and music, as well photos and other digital files, from their smartphones and tablets that are typically limited by minimal storage capacity. The portable wireless drive features Wireless N with MIMO technology for enhanced wireless performance so that users can access and transfer files quickly, as well as stream up to four HD videos simultaneously. The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of continuous streaming and up to 20 hours of standby power making the drive a perfect travel companion. With the My Passport Wireless drive users have anywhere, anytime access to their favorite digital content by using WD's award winning WD My Cloud(R) mobile app for iOS(R) or Android(TM) mobile devices. The WD My Cloud mobile app easily connects to a My Passport Wireless drive for simple product setup, and once setup the mobile app provides intuitive navigation, sharing and playback of the drive's content. The WD My Cloud app also helps unify all of a users' content under a single app and user interface, by allowing access to content on the My Passport Wireless drive, the WD My Cloud family of personal cloud storage, and on major public cloud services such as Dropbox(TM), OneDrive(TM) and Google Drive(TM) from just one app. In additional to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the portable wireless storage drive is an ideal companion for cameras with its integrated SD card slot. Whether shooting large commercial photography and video production or just taking photos and videos of the family while on vacation, the My Passport Wireless drive will never miss a moment because memory cards are full. The built-in SD card slot lets users copy their content from the SD card to the My Passport Wireless drive to make room for more memorable moments. Additionally, with integrated FTP, the drive connects to compatible wireless cameras so that users can automatically transfer photos from their cameras to the drive as they are taking them. The My Passport Wireless drive is currently available for advance order online at the wdstore.com and will be available at select U.S. retailers later in September. MSRP is $129.99 for 500GB, $179.99 for 1 TB and $219.99 for 2 TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store(TM) and Google Play(TM).

Western Digital Announces CFO Changes Effective as of September 8, 2014

On August 25, 2014, Western Digital Corporation announced the retirement of Timothy M. Leyden as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective as of September 8, 2014. Mr. Leyden will continue in a transition role with the Company through January 2, 2015. On August 25, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Company appointed Olivier Leonetti as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. The appointment is effective as of September 8, 2014. Leonetti, 50, has served as Vice President, Finance - Global Commercial Organization at Amgen Inc. since April 2011, where he was responsible for implementing worldwide product development and commercial strategies and driving global restructuring programs.

Western Digital Corporation and NEC Corporation Deliver Proven Performance for Scalable SQL Server Appliances

Western Digital Corporation and NEC Corporation announced a PCIe SSD Appliance for Microsoft(R) SQL Server(R) -- a performance-driven reference architecture built on NEC Express 5800 scalable enterprise server series and high-performance HGST FlashMAX II PCIe server-mounted flash storage. This appliance not only demonstrates a tremendous boost in performance, but also reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) by significantly cutting rack space and power requirements when compared to previous generation solutions. The PCIe SSD appliance delivers more than twice the compute power of the previous generation 4CPU platform in a single 4U server, reducing rack space requirements by 69% and power consumption by 27%. The inclusion of HGST's FlashMAX II devices injects up to 8.8TB of high-performance flash per server, for a near doubling of logical scan rates to 8.2GBps that tackles even the large SQL workloads. With features once only found on mainframe or UNIX servers, this new appliance delivers significant and predicable performance, as well as scalability, to keep pace with the changing demands of today's enterprise data center operations.

 

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