Profile: Western Digital Corp (WDC.MW)
13 May 2015
Western Digital Corporation, incorporated on October 26, 2000, is a data storage solutions company. The Company is a developer, manufacturer and provider of data storage solutions that enable consumers, businesses, governments and other organizations to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. The Company’s product portfolio includes hard disk drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSDs). HDDs are the Company’s products and a storage medium for digital content, with the use of solid-state storage products growing rapidly. The Company’s products are marketed under the HGST, WD and G-Technology brand names. The Company offers Products and Solutions including: Enterprise Storage Solutions, Client: Desktop and Notebook PCs, Branded Product Solutions, Consumer Electronics Solutions. The Company offers Technology Products including Hard Disk Drives and Solid-State Drives.
Enterprise Storage Solutions
Enterprise storage products consist of HDDs and SSDs for performance enterprise and capacity enterprise markets. The Company’s enterprise storage solutions include performance drives which are optimized for performance applications. Within performance drives, the Company offers form factor drives which provide capacity storage, for data storage systems, and small form factor drives which provide capacity and performance levels for use in enterprise servers, supporting high volume on-line transactions, data analysis and other enterprise applications. The Company enterprise storage solutions also include capacity drives which provide enterprise class reliability at the lowest cost per GB and are primarily for use in data storage systems, in tiered storage models and data must be stored reliably for years. The Company’s enterprise storage solutions include solid-state solutions which feature fast read and write speeds in capacities.
Client: Desktop and Notebook PCs
Client compute solutions consist of HDDs for desktop and mobile PCs. The Company’s client compute storage solutions include HDDs designed for use in desktop PCs requiring performance, reliability and capacity with attributes such as low cost per gigabyte, acoustics, low power consumption and protection against shocks. In addition, the Company provides HDDs designed for use in mobile PCs and requiring performance, and capacity with various ranges of performance and attributes such as low power consumption for extended battery life and operations, acoustics and protection against shocks.
Branded Product Solutions
The Company’s branded product solutions consist of HDDs embedded into WD, HGST and G-Technology branded external storage appliances with capacities ranging from 500 GB to 24 TB and using interfaces such as USB 2.0, USB 3.0, external SATA, FireWire, Thunderbolt and Ethernet network connections. The Company offers HDDs that provide quality, reliable storage for backup and capacity expansion in both mobile and desktop form factors that are designed to keep digital content secure while providing portable storage for desktops and notebooks. The Company offers solutions for small and medium businesses, by offering complete network storage solutions designed to meet the needs of small and medium businesses by providing centralized storage, backup, data protection and remote file access. The Company also provides external hard drives that connect to home and office networks, enabling consumers’ access from anywhere with an Internet connection and from smart phones, tablets and PCs via WD mobile apps and desktop software.
Consumer Electronics Solutions
Consumer Electronics solutions are used in DVRs, gaming consoles, security surveillance, systems, set top boxes, camcorders, multi-function printers and entertainment and automobile navigation systems. The Company’s Consumer Electronics solutions include HDDs designed and optimized for video streaming and continuous digital video recording. These HDDs deliver quiet operation, low operating temperature, low power consumption, high reliability and optimized streaming capabilities.
Hard Disk Drives
HDDs provide non-volatile data storage, which means that the data remains present when power is no longer applied to the device. The measures of hard drive performance include: Acoustics, sound power emitted during hard drive operation, commonly expressed in decibels, and perceived loudness due to sound pressure, commonly expressed in sones; Data transfer rate, sustained rate of data transfer to and from the disk, commonly expressed in gigabits per second; Power consumption, which is the amount of electricity required to operate the drive, measured in watts; Seek time, time needed to position the heads over a selected track on the disk surface, commonly expressed in milliseconds; Spindle rotation speed, nominal rotation speed of the disks inside the hard drive, commonly expressed in RPM and latency; Storage capacity, which is the amount of data that can be stored on the hard drive.
Head and magnetic media technologies are two of the key technology components of hard drives affecting areal density. The Company develops and manufactures portion of the heads and magnetic media used in hard drive products. As areal density increases, achieving a given drive capacity potentially reduces product costs over time through reduced component requirements. The Company also invests resources in research and development, manufacturing infrastructure and capital equipment of head and magnetic media components.
SSDs use semiconductor and non-volatile media, to store and allow access to data without any moving parts. The cost per bit of solid-state drives is more expensive than hard drives, but the higher input and output performance makes solid-state drives a new tier of storage that fits between DRAM memory and hard drives. Solid-state drives are used in enterprise storage systems and servers in applications. The Company’s products leverage a common platform for various products within product families, and in some cases across product families, resulting in the commonality of components which reduces the exposure to changes in demand, facilitates inventory management.
Western Digital Corp
Suite 100, 3355 Michelson Drive
IRVINE CA 92612
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