Feeds

Fujitsu looking to sell hard drive unit

Sale is on again

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

It's on again. After rumours of Fujitsu wanting to sell its hard disk drive business to Western Digital surfaced and sank a few weeks ago, the mooted sale is on again.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Fujitsu is talking to several interested parties about buying its HDD unit. Western Digital is reckoned to be the front runner.

Referring to the HDD unit, Fujitsu chief financial officer Kazuhiko Kato said: "If we keep it as it is, losses from that business will grow." A Fujitsu spokesperson in Japan said: "Certain businesses are under review. The hard drive business unit is one of these. We're in discussion with certain parties and no decisions have been made."

Fujitsu is the sixth-largest supplier of HDDs with a 6.6 per cent market share and revenue of ¥333bn ($3.1bn) in 2007. Seagate (no. 1), Western Digital (no. 2) and Hitachi GST (no. 3) are the only profitable hard drive manufacturers. Toshiba, Samsung and Fujitsu are all reckoned to have loss-making hard drive operations.

Fujitsu manufactures a range of 2.5-inch SATA mobile drives, 40-320GB in capacity with a 500GB model announced. It also has a range of 3.5-inch enterprise drives with both Fibre Channel, SAS-1 and SAS-2 interfaces with both 10,000 and 15,000 rpm models and a 73-300GB capacity range. These would provide Western Digital with an instant entry into the enterprise hard drive space where it lacks product currently, although it does rate some of its SATA drives as enterprise-class.

Fujitsu also has a portable external drive offering, a 160-500GB USB-2 unit, which could be absorbed by Western Digital's extensive line of Passport drives.

Western Digital makes a wide range of external drives, consumer drives, drives for gaming workstations and and desktop and notebook drives. The bulk of its offering uses the SATA interface with SAS rumoured to be coming. It has no Fibre Channel drive and this SAS and FC lack makes Fujitsu's HDD operation an attractive fit at first glance.

Fujitsu has agreed to buy out Siemens' half share in the Fujitsu Siemens Computers European servers to desktops to storage business for €450m. A sold HDD unit should generate capital which would help defray the FSC half share purchase. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.