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'I am admin' bug turns WD's My Cloud boxes into Everyone's Cloud

Miscreants can potentially gain admin-level control over Western Digital's My Cloud gear via an HTTP request over the network or internet. Researchers at infosec shop Securify revealed today the vulnerability, designated CVE-2018-17153, which allows an unauthenticated attacker with network access to the device to bypass …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018
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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

Seagate has spread its 14TB, 7,200rpm helium-filled disk drive tech across the PC, NAS, enterprise capacity and surveillance market sectors. A few years ago the idea of having a PC or workstation with a 14TB disk drive was fantasy. Dream no more: the 14TB helium-filled BarraCuda Pro (PDF) does cost about $580, though. The …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2018
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Array with it: Western Digital's finance arm slings a few million at Excelero

NVMe over Fabrics flash array supplier Excelero has received a strategic investment from Western Digital's capital-investment arm, taking total funding to $35m. Israeli-based Excelero was founded in 2014 and took in a $3.5m A-round and $12.5m B-round in 2015. Last year saw strategic investments from Micron, Qualcomm and one …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2018
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Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives

Western Digital's final fiscal 2018 quarter delivered strong results that were let down by disappointing enterprise SSD sales. In the quarter to the end of June revenues were $5.1bn, 6 per cent up on a year ago, with profits of $756m, 170 per cent higher than last year's $280m. Full-year revenues were $20.65bn, 8 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2018
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If you were a firm-swallowing storage giant, how WD you digest them all?

Analysis Western Digital is chewing on agglomeration antacids as it continues to digest the 14 acquisitions made by the firm itself and its various business unit family members over the past decade or so. The storage giant is seeing consolidation to nearline disk drives in its main revenue-earning business – and is also restructuring …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2018

Fancy a little TLC? WD woos data centre crowd with dual-port SAS write fiend

As the world and their dogs' data centres continue to accelerate their take-up of SSDs, WD/HGST has fired a dual-port SAS SSD at them. Climber hanging off a cliff edge Two years and $19bn later: What happened to WD's SanDisk enterprise flash advantage? READ MORE The drive has up to 15.36TB capacity via 64-layer 3D NAND TLC ( …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2018
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Toshiba and WD indulge in mutual 96-layer flashing: Two partners, two products

Tosh and WD's flash foundry joint venture has begun to pump out 96-layer 3D NAND chips and the two partners are using them to produce quad-level cell (QLC) products. TLC Tosh has a 1TB SSD with 3 bits/cell while it and QLC Western Dig have a 1.33 Tbit chip with 4 bits/cell. Toshiba's XG6 is a single-sided M.2 "gumstick" ( …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2018

Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

Western Digital will close its hard disk drive factory in Petaling Jaya, near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, blaming lack of demand for the gear. WD powered up its operations in Malaysia in 1973, initially making custom semiconductors. It transformed the assembly lines in 1994 to make hard drives, and employed some 13,000 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2018
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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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