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Series of Seagate missteps as revenue generator spins down

Comment Here's a suggestion – Seagate, led by a combined chairman and CEO, has made a catalogue of tactical errors in the face of the NAND tidal wave while rival Western Digital has pivoted sideways to embrace flash. Is Seagate sensibly husbanding its resources because, while flash will store edge and enterprise fast-access data, the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2017
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Western Digital relocates HQ, sheds jobs

Western Digital Corp is moving its HQ from Irvine, Orange County in southern California to San Jose in the north of the state, with job losses in both areas. The Orange County Register (no relation), said that according to the Orange Council Business Council, there were 1,400 WD employees in Irvine and another 200 in Santa Ana …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017

WD pulls cash-strapped Toshiba to one side, whispers: 'All right, pal, how much you want?'

Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan says his corporation is willing to help bail out sinking Toshiba. Japanese tech giant Tosh, which runs a NAND foundry joint-venture with WD, is in recapitalization hell: it is trying to sell its flash memory business for a trillion or more Yen ($9bn+) following calamitous and so far …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017

WDC flirting with Japan funds to bolster bid for Toshiba's memory biz

Western Digital Corporation (WDC) is aiming to bulk up its bid for Toshiba's memory biz with state-backed funding support. Reuters reports that WDC is talking to the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) investment fund and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) about a joint bid for Toshiba's flash memory division. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
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Toshiba spins out new NAS disk drive with its fastest transfer rate yet

Toshiba has a new 8TB NAS disk drive with its fastest data transfer rate. It announced its 8TB MN series NAS drives in February and the N300 is a retail version of these. The 4TB and 6TB versions were announced in Europe in January. Now they and the 8TB version are available in the USA. Like the MN series, the N300s come in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2017
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It gets worse – now WD says Toshiba memory business sale breaches joint venture terms

Just when you think it can't get any worse... it does. Western Digital has warned Toshiba that the proposed sale of its memory business contravenes the terms of their flash foundry joint venture. This NAND tech and products-based business has been set up as a separate company by Toshiba so that it can sell a large chunk for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2017

Tegile swallows $33m pill at WDC-led party

Hybrid and all-flash array supplier Tegile has had the benefit of Western Digital Corporation largesse, with the flash and disk-making giant leading its latest funding round. Tegile has picked up a $33m E-round of funding, to be used for product and go-to-market developments. The WDC connection might also have connotations in …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2017
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Ten bidders sniffing around Toshiba's memory biz – reports

Accordng to the Nikkei Asian Review, there are ten bidders for Toshiba's memory business. The division is being partly or wholly sold so that Toshiba can recapitalise after the horrendous and ongoing financial haemorrhage from its US nuclear plant business, Westinghouse Electric. It has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy papers, …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2017
The Easy Button

Top tip: Unplug your WD My Cloud boxen – now

Western Digital is preparing patches for its My Cloud storage devices because they can be easily hijacked from across the internet or network. At the time of writing, there's no fix, so the best thing to do is firewall or power off My Cloud kit and wait. Whoever can reach one of the at-risk storage system's builtin …

Tosh's new workhorse drive: Not too desktop, not too enterprise

Toshiba has a new desktop and low-end NAS disk drive, the MN series. It comes in a 3.5-inch enclosure, with 4, 6 and 8TB capacities, is air-filled, spins at 7,200rpm, has a 6Gbps SATA interface, and a 1 million-hour mean time before failure rating. We can view it as an update on the MC04, MD04 and MG04 series drives. The MN …
Chris Mellor, 8 Feb 2017

WD Corp picks teeth after SanDisk dinner, seems pleased with fuller figure

+Comment Western Digital Corp, still digesting SanDisk, is selling more disk drives than arch-rival Seagate and appears to be doing a booming flash business as well, for now. Second quarter revenues totalled $4.9bn, 48 per cent up on a year ago - but then WDC did buy SanDisk and its flash business in between, and 4 per cent up …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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Western Digital fixes remote execution bug in My Cloud Mirror

Western Digital has issued a fix for its My Cloud Mirror backup disks, after ESET "detection engineer" Kacper Szurek found an authentication bypass with remote code execution in the system. My Cloud Mirror is a backup hard drive product sold with personal cloud storage, which means the hardware might be left Internet-visible …

Toshiba scrambles to start chip biz minority stake sale – reports

Reuters is reporting that Toshiba has started its chip business minority stake sale process. It's looking to offset the potential $4.4bn or greater losses from its US nuclear power station business. Potential purchasers of a 20-30 per cent stake in the NAND fabs are current foundry partner Western Digital and Japanese banks. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017
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Toshiba may sell silicon biz to contain fallout of nuke plant problems

A troubled nuclear power station strategy in the USA has Toshiba considering the partial sale of its Japanese semiconductor business. Nikkei (in Japanese) names Western Digital as a potential buyer, along with several investment funds. The company hopes to get between $1.77bn and $2.65bn for a 20 per cent stake in the …

WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

+Comment WD's disk and SanDisk-boosted flash sales boomed as overall revenues in its first fiscal 2017 quarter rose to $4.7bn, up 40.6 per cent on the year-ago $3.4bn. But it reported a net $366m loss. Why a loss? A year ago it made a profit of $283m on lower revenues. This time around there were charges associated with WD’s recent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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Building iRODS to take load off scientists' back

Panasas and Western Digital are combining high-speed data access and low-cost, bulk data storage for life sciences researchers through a partnership and integration exercise centred on the open-source data management software iRODS. The use of the systems is described here. This is how it works: Lab equipment generates data …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2016

Seagate inflates 12TB helium drives, floats them to IT bods to test

Backgrounder Seagate is seeing the storage market shift from client server to mobile cloud applications and storage environments. Although responding to this, it is encouraged by the capacity needs of the remaining PC client as well as significant growth in non-PC-client devices and applications. It talks of a new customer base that …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2016
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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

+Comment A sea change is looming in the disk drive industry as drive spindle motor maker Nidec reduces its total disk drive demand number. Nidec is a Japanese company and has the largest market share of any such manufacturer. It foresees demand for about 400 million units in 2016, down 13 per cent from its previous October 2015 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2016

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