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He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

Seagate has unveiled a 14TB helium-filled disk drive in the Exos line. The range appeared in November when various Enterprise Capacity and Enterprise Performance drives in 3.5 and 2.5-inch form factors were rebranded. The range topped out with the Exos X12, a rebranded Enterprise Capacity 12TB helium-filled spinner. Now we …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2018
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Oozing with info, glazed with love: Treat yourself to a storage doughnut

Veritas is renewing its assault on Data Domain and the disk/cloud archive market, Nutanix has offered $3,000 rebates to resellers of a Dell XC Core product, and flash memory researchers are looking at 128-layer 3D NAND. 96-layer flash isn't even a thing yet, but boffins always have to look ahead. Today we get to take a look …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2018
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Two years and $19bn later: What happened to WD's SanDisk enterprise flash advantage?

Analysis Western Digital is letting its acquired market share in enterprise SSDs slip away from a revenue and capacity perspective as rival Micron - now infused with ex-SanDisk execs - keeps on growing like a weed. According to TrendFocus estimates, tweaked by Wells Fargo senior analyst Aaron Rakers, SSD unit sales for each major …
Chris Mellor, 7 Mar 2018
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You can blame taxes for a profit nosedive, but Seagate... the taxman didn't flatten your sales

Seagate reported essentially flat revenues and a fall in profits in its disappointing second fiscal 2018 quarter. Revenues in the three months to December 29, 2017, were $2.9bn compared to $2.89bn a year ago, and $2.63bn in the also-disappointing prior quarter. GAAP net income was $159m, compared to $297m a year ago, a 47 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2018

Western Dig revenues take $0.82bn spanking from US tax shake-up

Drive-shipper Western Digital reported record revenues in its second quarter but new US tax laws dragged it into a $0.82bn net loss. Revenues were $5.3bn, 8.4 per cent higher than a year ago, and just 2.3 per cent up on the previous quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $823m, which, WDC said, "includes a provisional net tax …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2018
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Talk about a positive mental pl-attitude: WD Ultrastars shed disks without hit to capacity

Western Digital Corp's HGST unit has brought out 4 and 6TB nearline platter-reduced disk drives with an 8TB drive on the way. The Ultrastar 7K6 has four platters, and 4TB and 6TB capacity points. The previous 7K600 had 2, 4, and 6TB capacities with five platters needed for 6TB. By increasing the platter capacity to 1.5TB, HGST …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018

WDC is storage stud of CES with voice-activated media streaming

Toshiba, Western Digital, Kingston and Micron's Crucial unit have all introduced drives in time for CES – the standout being WDC announcing voice-activated media streaming features via Smart Home devices. The Kingston collection includes: Nucleum – a 7-in-1 Type-C media hub that extends functionality of newer MacBooks with a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2018
Peace in our time?

Flash bang walloped: Toshiba, Western Digital sign peace treaty over memory chip fabs

A peace has broken out between Western Digital and Toshiba over the future of their solid-state-memory factory joint-ventures. As expected, the two flash bangers have agreed to end their legal war. The pair said they have reached "a global settlement agreement to resolve their ongoing disputes in litigation and arbitration, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2017
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If you're bored of the WDC-Toshiba flash fab saga, reports suggest it may be over soon

+Comment Suppressed hints and whispers suggest that Toshiba and WDC are finally about to agree a deal ending their dispute over Toshiba's right to sell its flash fab joint-venture stake and the way it's being done. WDC will stop its legal action in the International Court of Arbitration and be able to invest in new flash production …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2017
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Battle-weary Tosh, WDC mull peace treaty to end war over flash chip fab

Toshiba and Western Digital may be about to settle their long-running legal dispute over Tosh's sale of its interest in a flash fab joint venture, held by the two, to a Bain-led consortium that includes WDC competitors. Tosh wanted to sell its interest after near-catastrophic losses were discovered in its Westinghouse US nuke …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
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WDC to move all its stuff to RISC-V processors, build some kind of super data-wrangling stack

Analysis Western Digital has grandly announced its will use the open-source RISC-V processor architecture in all future products and "intends to lead the industry transition toward open, purpose-built compute architectures to meet the increasingly diverse application needs of a data-centric world." Western Digital, aka WDC, CTO Martin …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017

CEO: 'Claying the ongoing continuous chaos of info into one logical masterpiece'

We start this week's collection of storage news with the marketing buzzwords of the month award, which goes to startup Panoply for outstanding excellence. Panoply emerged from stealth in late 2016 and now wants to announce general availability of its data warehouse product. It exclaims that, after four decades of stagnation in …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017

Whew... Toshiba rustles up $5.4bn to avoid delisting

Beleaguered Toshiba, facing a Tokyo stock exchange deadline, has planned a $5.4bn share issue to avoid a delisting threat. Reuters reports it is also considering selling the assets of its bankrupt Westinghouse nuclear power station building business which plunged it into the financial mess threatening to kill it. Tosh is a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2017
The black drive

WDC results great and all but Milly's bummed out about Toshiba

Updated Western Digital revenues and profits rose in its first fiscal 2016 quarter but worries surfaced about its access to 96-layer 3D NAND if the Toshiba talks fail and it loses at court. WDC's profits rose sharply, from a loss of $366m a year ago, to $681m this first fiscal 2018 quarter. Revenues of $5.2bn were 10.6 per cent higher …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2017

Seagate's at it HAMR and tongs for growth as revenues shrivel again

Seagate's first quarter 2018 revenues sank 7 per cent year-on-year to $2.6bn, but the drive biz expects growth and is convinced its heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) tech will help that. GAAP net income was $181m, up 8.4 per cent on last year's $167m. New CEO Dave Mosley's statement spoke of "solid execution and market …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2017

Bain Japan main man wants in on Tosh biz board

Bain Japan's MD reportedly wants to get on the Toshiba Memory Business board, to invest in it and get an agreement with WDC about continuing the joint venture to make flash chips. Yuji Sugimoto is said MD and reportedly told Nikket Aisan Review he planned to become a director of the to-be-acquired Toshiba Memory Business and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017

Toshiba raises dread spectre of working with SK Hynix on flash fab

Toshiba could partner with SK Hynix on flash foundry operations, implying the WDC joint venture could have a finite shelf life. More details have emerged of the latest flash foundry talks between WDC and Toshiba. Toshiba is building Fab 6 at Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, to increase 3D NAND chip production so that it becomes 90 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2017

Toshiba: Dear Western Digital. Let's talk flash fab moolah

Toshiba says it is now talking to Western Digital about joint investment in a flash fab development. The two are joint venture partners in a flash foundry in Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture, Japan. In dire need of cash, Toshiba is trying to sell its interests to a Bain Capital-led consortium which won an auction for the business …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017

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