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Western Digital is the king of the hard drive market but up to now has been a non-factor in SSDs. However, with its purchase of solid state storage giant, SanDisk, the company immediately leaped to the forefront of the market in one fell swoop. Now the company is entering the consumer/commercial SSD market with WD Green and WD Blue SSDs, using a naming scheme borrowed from its hard drive line and technology acquired from SanDisk. WD's Green lineup is for entry level PCs meant to have a low power draw while the Blue SSD series is aimed at mainstream consumers. Both series are available... Read more...
While Western Digital is still readily advancing its spinning disk (HDD) storage operations, the company is also putting a great deal of effort into embracing SSDs as the future of storage for consumer, business and enterprise applications. Western Digital’s purchase of SanDisk in 2015 puts that vision clearly in focus. This week at CES, Western Digital announced a new SSD family to sit alongside the WD Blue and WD Green lineup — and as you might expect, it’s called WD Black. The WD Black family is tasked with delivering the ultimate in storage performance thanks to a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe interface.... Read more...
Enterprise clients are benefiting from an end-of-year rush by storage makers to push out next-generation solid state drive and hard disk drive solutions. We saw it at the beginning of the week when Micron unveiled an 8TB SSD, and not to be outdone, Western Digital today announced the expansion of its data center SSD and HDD lineup, among them an 8TB SSD of its own. Actually, it's labeled as 7.68TB, but why quibble over data measurements? In any event, that's the top capacity option in WD's HGST-branded Ultrastar SN200 series PCIe-based SSD line (there are several other capacity options available... Read more...
Once you’ve tasted the sweet performance goodness offered by solid state drives (SSDs), it’s hard to go back to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) for your data needs. Western Digital is hoping to go after mainstream customers that are looking for a quick and easy speed boost with its new WD Blue and WD Green SSDs. The WD Blue series is available in both 2.5-inch and M.2 2280 form-factors in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities. Western Digital says that the drives — which are targeted at both desktop and notebook users — offer sequential read and write speeds of 545 MB/sec and 525 MB/sec respectively... Read more...
The market is transitioning faster than some expected to 4K Ultra HD resolution content, and who knows how close we are to 8K encroaching mainstream status. With that in mind, Western Digital today unveiled a 1-terabyte SDXC memory card prototype under its SanDisk subsidiary at Photokina, the world's leading trade fair for photo and video professionals. That's a lot of storage, at least for now. The same could have been said 16 years ago when the first SanDisk 16-megabyte card hit the market. Now SanDisk has developed a prototype storage card that's around 62,500 times more capacious. More recently,... Read more...
Western Digital, a major player in the storage industry, announced this week that it has completed development of its next generation 3D NAND technology called BiCS3. Limited production is already underway in Japan with initial output expected later this year. If everything goes to plan, volume production will begin in the first half of next year. BiCS3 is the third generation of Bit-Cost Scalable NAND jointly developed between Western Digital and Toshiba. It's the world's first 64-layer 3D NAND solution, delivering the smallest chip area of any published 3D NAND. The initial plans are to deploy... Read more...
If you’re an on-the-go photographer that wants to keep all of your precious images backed up at a moment’s notice, Western Digital is answering the call with the new My Passport Wireless Pro. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because this is the successor to the original My Passport Wireless that was introduced nearly two years ago. The My Passport Wireless Pro supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi (the previous generation only supported 802.11n) and can automatically create backups from supported cameras using Wi-Fi Direct. The portable drive can also connect to as many as eight devices at time, which should... Read more...
Western Digital is launching a new color series to join its existing Red, Blue, Black, Green and Purple drive lines. And since we all know that Gold is best, Western Digital is saving the best for its new line of datacenter hard drives. The WD Gold drives come packing Western Digital’s HelioSeal technology, which infuses the drives with helium to make them quieter, more efficient and emboldened with more densely packed platters. HelioSeal is said to improve power efficiency by up to 15 percent, while at the same time reducing power consumption by 26 percent. Compared to the previous generation... Read more...
After looking into the matter, the European Commission has given Western Digital its blessing to complete the company's proposed acquisition of rival SanDisk. Regulators ultimately decided that the pairing of two U.S. storage giants would not adversely affect competition in Europe, in part because the overlap between the two manufacturers is effectively limited to flash memory storage products in the enterprise space. "I am pleased that we have been able to ensure that this multi-billion dollar deal in a fast-developing industry can go ahead without delay. We have worked efficiently, in cooperation... Read more...
Solid state drives (SSDs) might get all the press these days, but hard disk drives (HDDs) aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. They still offer a clear advantage when it comes to price-per-gigabyte and are great for archival purposes. With this in mind, Western Digital (HGST) is looking to shatter storage records by finally shipping its massive 10TB HDD that should be capable of handling all of your photos, ripped movies and system backups (among other things). HGST says that the 3.5-inch Ultrastar He10 is the world’s first shipping 10TB HDD featuring conventional perpendicular magnetic recording... Read more...
Western Digital today entered into a definitive agreement to purchase flash storage outfit SanDisk for approximately $19 billion. This follows a previous reported that SanDisk was in talks with both Western Digital and Micron about a potential sale, though at the time it was unclear if there were any offers on the table. Chalk this up as a big win for Western Digital as we progress further into the flash storage era. The acquisition gives Western Digital vertical integration into NAND flash memory, which should provide immunity against market fluctuations in the price of memory chips. Western Digital... Read more...
Flash storage outfit SanDisk has a couple of suitors in Western Digital and Micron, two of the company's rivals. Nothing is yet imminent, though SanDisk is in talks with both outfits about a potential sale. It's not known what the asking price is for SanDisk, which has a market capitalization of more than $14.3 billion.News of the sales talks comes from Bloomberg and the "people with knowledge of the matter" that it spoke with. According to those sources, SanDisk has hired a bank to evaluate the situation and perhaps help facilitate a sale, if talks get that far. As of right now, no decision has... Read more...
We've come a long way since the days when hard drives were measured in megabytes. Underscoring that point is the industry's first 10TB enterprise-class HDD, the host-managed Ultrastar Archive Ha10 SMR built by HGST, a division of Western Digital. HGST says the capacious HDD is intended of next-generation archive applications. The 10TB monster is a helium-based drive, the third of its kind by HGST in the past two years. HGST says it's deployed over a million helium-based HelioSeal HDDs to date and is super confident in the technology's reliability. In the task the new drive was purpose built for... Read more...
When solid-state drives are unencumbered by the SATA interface, beautiful things can happen. Look no further than the Intel SSD 750 Series, which we reviewed two weeks ago, to see what kind of performance is achievable with an NVMe PCI Express interface. If you can actually believe it, HGST, a Western Digital company, has actually announced a new NVMe PCI Express SSD that is rated faster than even Intel’s new barnstormer. But to be fair, the Intel SSD 750 Series is aimed at the consumer/prosumer market whereas the new HGST Ultrastar SN100 is aimed squarely at the enterprise market. The HGST Ultrastar... Read more...
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