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Western Digital pitches fleet of hybrid arrays to markets served by its array-builder customers

+Comment Western Digital has pushed out JBOD, primary and secondary object arrays, putting it into direct competition with its storage array supplier customers. These products, of course, use Western Digital's own disk and SSD media. The Ultrastar Serv60+8 is a softwareless, 10GbE-networked, hybrid 4U enclosure with two Xeon …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2018
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It's roundup time – like scouring the local paper for pics of your kid, but with storage firms

Storage companies big and small are always announcing something or other big and small, whether that's sick new tech, astonishing customer numbers or an incremental update to software that is going to totally revolutionise the way you stash data. Yes, storage companies. We see you. We just didn't think it warranted an entire …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2018
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Who needs NAND when rust never sleeps? Seagate dines out on nearline disk drive boom

Seagate's top line number bounced and profits took off in its third quarter as it made the most of increased nearline disk drive demand. The big question for us, the big question for everyone [about the nearline market]... is how long is it going to last and how big is the peak? Revenues for Q3 ended 30 March were $2.8bn, 4 …
Chris Mellor, 2 May 2018

High-cap enterprise hard drives stream dosh into Western Digital

Western Digital shipped a whole load of spinning bits into enterprise and hyperscale data centres in its third fiscal 2018 quarter, although overall disk units sold dropped 15.5 per cent on the year. In the three months to March 30, revenues were a tidy $5bn, compared to $4.6bn a year ago, up 8 per cent, but seasonally down on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2018
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Non-shingled and ready to mingle: WDC catches up with 14TB disk rivals

Western Digital has caught up with rival Toshiba to introduce its own non-shingled 14TB disk drive. Seagate also has Exos X14 14TB drive tech, but isn't shipping it yet. Products are being sampled with certain customers like Baidu. The Ultrastar DC HC530 uses two-dimensional magnetic recording and is a follow-on from the …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2018
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Three storage hardware devices, a cash raise and Oracle gets blocked

It has been a hardware frenzy this week, with a pair of microSD cards for surveillance cams, flash drives for video takers and makers, and good old filers from a NAS baker. These were accompanied by cash-raising from Sphere3D and Oracle adding block support to its cloud-based Linux Storage Appliance. We'll start with the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018

The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher

Just over a year after the first Black M.2 SSD hit the streets, Western Digital has doubled its maximum capacity to 1TB, doubled sequential read bandwidth and more than doubled the random read IOPS. Here are the main numbers of this drive: 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, using 3D NAND Random read and write IOPS – up to 500 …
Chris Mellor, 6 Apr 2018
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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

UPDATE If you have a Western Digital My Cloud network attached storage device, it's time to learn how to update its OS because researcher James Bercegay has discovered a dozen models possess a hard-coded backdoor. The backdoor, detailed here, lets anyone log in as user mydlinkBRionyg with the password abc12345cba. WD mostly markets …
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Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

Analysis As we've previously written about here, Seagate has the technology to split a disk drive's read-write heads into two independent sets, an upper and lower half, which increases the drive’s IO performance by having the upper and lower platter sets do IO in parallel. Disk drives with two actuator posts could read and write in …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jan 2018
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Toshiba sells memory biz for $18bn, becomes the Bain of Western Digital's existence

Toshiba has picked a Japanese-American consortium assembled by Bain Capital Private Equity as the buyer of its memory business. Jilted suitor Western Digital has immediately tried to stop the transaction happening. This story starts in the year 2006 when Toshiba acquired Westinghouse Electric in the hope it could grow a …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
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WDC to Toshiba: We're sorry about the memory thing (see you in court)

+Comment Western Digital boss Steve Milligan has apologised to Toshiba's CEO in an August 11 letter. The companies have been knocking lumps off each other as WDC tried to delay Toshiba's sale of its interest in the pair's flash foundry joint venture. Toshiba had threatened to deny WDC access to chips from the foundries. It had said it …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2017
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Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

Samsung has introduced a 2TB T5 portable SSD you can stick in your shirt pocket. It comes in metallic blue with 250GB and 500GB capacities and black for 1TB and 2TB versions. It measures 74 x 57.3 x 10.5mm and weighs 51g, although precise weight varies by capacity. That's smaller than the average portable disk drive. …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017
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No chips for you! Toshiba takes flash off the menu for WDC

The Toshiba vs. Western Digital flash foundry scrap has gone up a notch, with the former threatening to cut off the latter's future flash chip supplies. The scrap started when Toshiba decided to go it alone on a ¥195bn ($1.76bn) plant named "Fab 6" that will make 96-layer 3D NAND manufacturing equipment. Western Digital (WDC) …
Chris Mellor, 7 Aug 2017
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Toshiba invests $1.76bn in flash fab production line, WD kinda peeved

Toshiba and Western Digital Corp negotiating makes for bizarre viewing. Billions of dollars are at stake, goodwill is laughably absent and one of the world's best flash production partnerships could be headed down the toilet. Rehash the background here or accept the summary that Tosh needs billions in cash and wants to sell …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2017
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Flash, aaaaaah! Western Digital waggles sales in nemesis Seagate's face

Western Digital earned the revenues it said it would in its final fiscal 2017 quarter and gave an object lesson to Seagate in how to run a storage drive business. WD revenues were $4.8bn for its latest quarter, compared to Seagate's $2.4bn, a difference of 100 per cent. That's what buying into the flash chip and SSD business …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017

Western Digital bares fangs in $1bn Toshiba lawsuit

Western Digital has hit back at Toshiba, its flash memory joint venture partner, which this week sued it in Japan for $1bn damages, alleging unfair competition and theft of trade secrets. Toshiba has also prohibited certain employees from accessing shared databases related to the three NAND flash-memory joint ventures operated …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2017
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Oh my Tosh: WDC submits fresh bid for Toshiba memory biz

WDC and KKR have submitted a fresh bid for beleaguered Toshiba's memory business, in competition with the preferred INCJ/Bain/SK Hynix bid. The memory business includes a joint venture between WDC and Toshiba to make flash chips at foundries in Japan. Toshiba is selling its memory business in an auction to recoup from company …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2017
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WDC wants in on Japan-backed consortium to buy Toshiba's chip biz

WDC may have a way back into Toshiba's memory business auction although Toshiba has selected the Japanese state-backed INCJ consortium's ¥2tn ($18bn) bid group, which excluded WDC. The bid group includes Bain Capital and SK Hynix, with Bain contributing ¥850bn ($7.7bn), making it nominally the largest cash contributor. Half of …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017

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