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Western Digital: And when I pull the covers off, behold as NAND becomes virtual DRAM

Western Digital has been using software to turn SSDs into virtual memory so applications are accelerated without having to deploy DRAM or be constrained by memory capacity. The firm said the Ultrastar DC ME200 is an "optimised" Ultrastar SN200 SSD, which uses planar 15nm MLC (2bits/cell) NAND and is integrated with third-party …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2018
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Number-three disk drive maker Toshiba isn't shy about shipping 23.4m spinners in 3Q18

Toshiba, the third-placed disk drive maker behind Seagate and Western Digital, shipped 23.4 million units from its factories in 2018's third quarter. Seagate has given up detailing its declining disk shipments. But its capacity measure, exabytes shipped, is going up so it's reporting that instead. Toshiba makes four kinds of …
Chris Mellor, 7 Nov 2018
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Flash price-drop pops Western Digital's wallet: Surprise revenue fall with worse to come

Western Digital's revenues are dropping and set to get worse because of poor flash product sales and declines in pricing. Revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 ended 28 September, were 3 per cent down year-on-year to $5bn. Profits were $511m, down 24 per cent. Operating cash flow was $705m, compared to $1.133bn last …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2018
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Shingled-minded Western Digital insists its latest hard drive sets disk capacity record

Western Digital has claimed its shingled 15TB Ultrastar DC HC620 is the highest capacity disk drive in the world. It is a follow-on from the 14TB Hs14 drive, available in either 14 or 15TB capacities. Both the Hs14 and the HC620 are helium-filled drives with, we understand, eight platters. WD_Ultrastar_DC_HC620 Western …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2018
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Seagate and Western Digital neck-and-neck at the nearline drive-in

IDC has sent its analytical read-write heads skipping across the surface of the disk storage market and found Seagate shipped more drives than Western Digital in the third quarter. The analysts estimated 98.4 to 101.0 million drives were shipped in the quarter. Aaron Rakers, a Wells Fargo senior analyst, who has seen the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2018
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WD shoots out 96-layer embedded flash chips

Western Digital has a 96-layer NAND chip for smartphones and has spoken of higher embedded storage capacity while seemingly delivering exactly the same capacity as before. The iNAND EU321 Embedded Flash drive (EFD) has a UFS 2.1 interface and comes in the same 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities as the prior 64-layer EU311 …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2018

'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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