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Western Dig's MAMR is so phat, it'll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032

WDC has given up on heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) and is developing a microwave-assisted technique (MAMR) to push disk drive capacity up to 100TB by the 2030s. It's able to do this with relatively incremental advances, avoiding the technological development barrier represented by HAMR. These developments include …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2017
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WDC adds an FAQ to SanDisk-Tosh chip arm wrestling match

WDC is channelling its inner Theodore Roosevelt in its public negotiating stance with Bain Capital and Toshiba. Bain Capital is leading a consortium containing three WDC competitors in its bid to buy Toshiba's Memory Business and its stake in the Toshiba-WDC flash foundry joint ventures. WDC tried to buy the Toshiba Memory …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2017
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WDC being a real Bain in the butt as it tries to bar Toshiba memory sale

Toshiba Memory Business bid winner Bain Capital is hoping to settle with WDC and float the purchased unit in three years. A Bain-led consortium agreed to buy the biz for $18bn last week. Rival and losing bidder WDC has intensified its legal action in the International Arbitration Court aimed at blocking the deal and, if that …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2017
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Seagate fires NASty volley of 12TB spinners with lifebelt for fried data

Seagate has fired out three 12TB drives, punting one at the desktop, two at the NAS market, and clobbering WDC on capacity in both areas. The desktop BarraCuda Pro comes in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12TB versions, previously maxing out at 10TB. Seagate says it has double the space of its nearest competitor, the 6TB WDC Blue. We …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2017
Are you being served?

Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

Analysis Toshiba lags behind WDC and Seagate in high-capacity 3.5-inch drives, having just reached 10TB. The other two are waving from 12TB and WDC has recently hit 14TB. How can Tosh catch up? Toshiba has achieved 1TB/platter areal density with its MQ04 2.5-inch disk drive. That would imply 10TB+ 3.5-inch disk drives. Unlike Seagate …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2017
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Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

WDC has released an Ultrastar 14TB disk drive with host application software managing its shingled writing scheme. It is the world's first 14TB disk drive, and is helium-filled, as usual at these greater-than-10TB capacities. The disk uses shingled media recording (SMR) with partially overlapping write tracks to increase the …
Chris Mellor, 3 Oct 2017
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Grab a sweetie shovel and prep your insulin for our storage pick 'n mix

Storage roundup You're getting plenty of hardware sugar (NVMe) and remote software spice (the public cloud), with lots of tasty goodies in between in this week's storage roundup. We have news from 18 vendors: Acronis, AIC, Avere, BlueData, Cloudian, Crossbar, Datrium, Iguazio, Panasas, Pavilion Data Systems, Qubole, Rozo, Rubrik, Synology, …
Chris Mellor, 2 Oct 2017
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WD left to bemoan Bain of existence as Toshiba and pals set up flash fab continent Pangea

Analysis The Bain consortium buying Toshiba's flash memory business includes Toshiba itself and is setting up "Pangea" to hold its bought assets. Yes, named for a super-continent that split apart 175 million years ago – not a good augury. Seagate is emerging as a big winner in the deal, if it survives WDC's legal assault. There are …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2017
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Apple and SK Hynix agree Toshiba terms: Bain to grab chip arm

+Comment Big flash chip buyer Apple and Korean flash fabber SK Hynix have agreed terms and committed to their Bain-led consortium's buy of Toshiba's flash chip interests. This leaves rival bidder WDC out in the cold, facing partnership with competitor SK Hynix and rival Seagate in its flash foundries and dealing with a multi-party …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017

Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast

Toshiba has reached the 10TB disk drive capacity level without the help of helium, providing OEMs with an alternative to Seagate and WDC. Its MG06 is a straight 25 per cent capacity upgrade on the MG05 with its six platters. Both are classed as enterprise capacity drives. The speeds and feeds are: 7,200rpm spin speed 6Gbit …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2017

Toshiba: The memory saga is nearly behind us! Apple: Not so fast

Apple has not agreed terms for participating in the Bain Capital-led consortium to buy Toshiba's flash chip business, holding up the deal. Last week Toshiba approved the sale of its interests in the flash foundry joint ventures it holds with WDC to the group, turning down competing bids from Hon Hai and a WDC-led consortium. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2017
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WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

Review After El Reg covered the My Cloud Home file server announcement in August, WDC kindly sent me a Duo unit to try out in my home office. What I received was a superbly engineered unit that was much better integrated with my Mac OS/iPhone environment than I thought it would be, but also exposed the limitations imposed by iTunes on …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2017

Western Digital and pals win Toshiba chip unit bid, claims report

Comment Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun newspaper says a WDC bid group has won the Toshiba Memory Business auction. NKG claims Toshiba will decide in favour of the ¥2 trillion ($18.2bn) bid on September 13 and sign a formal contract following a Toshiba board meeting on September 20. If it goes through, the sale would be completed by …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017

Amazing! Is WDC giving in to Tosh pressure?

WDC has told Toshiba it will leave the consortium bidding for the stricken Japanese company's memory business, on the condition that the two companies co-invest in a new flash factory that will give WDC a stronger position in the JV. Toshiba's selling its memory business to help smooth over a mess in its nuclear energy …
Chris Mellor, 6 Sep 2017
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FFS: Toshiba snubs WDC, goes crawling back to Bain, Hon Hai

It ain't over till the fat lady sings and Toshiba isn't singing yet, failing to meet its own August 31 deadline and resuming talks with Bain and Hon Hai bid groups alongside the WDC consortium. A Toshiba statement said: While Toshiba exercised its best efforts to reach a mutually satisfactory definitive agreement with one of …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2017
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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

WDC has the highest-capacity microSDXC card at 400GB – pumping up mobile device storage space – and has launched a natty little iPhone charger that backs up the phone’s data. The SanDisk Ultra Plus microSDXC UHS-I card comes in a range of capacities, from 16GB through 32, 64, 128, 200, and 256 to 400GB. The read speed is up to …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017
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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

+Comment WDC has released a home NAS that syncs with devices for storing, streaming and sharing wherever there's an internet connection. It comes in a single-disk version called the My Cloud Home or a dual-disk version called My Cloud Home Duo, which uses a RAID 1 scheme to copy data from one disk to another for safer keeping. The …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017
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WDC's biz banquet has made it a chips-to-disks-to-systems monstrosity

Analysis Western Digital Corporation under CEO Steve Milligan's rule is becoming an aggressively expanding chips, disks, systems and cloud storage business. It's trying to buy Toshiba's flash foundry joint-venture interest and has just announced it's buying storage array-maker Tegile and personal cloud storage provider Upthere. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017

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