Profile: Western Digital Corp (WDC.O)
27 Jan 2015
Western Digital Corporation (Western Digital), incorporated on October 26, 2000, is a developer and manufacturer of storage solutions, which enables people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. The Company designs and makes storage devices and home entertainment products under the HGST, WD and G-Technology brands. The Company's principal products are hard drives that use one or more rotating magnetic disks (magnetic media) to store and allow fast access to data. Hard drives are primary storage medium for digital content. The Company operates its global business through two independent subsidiaries: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Holdings Pte. Ltd. (HGST) and Western Digital Corporation (WD). In September 2013, the Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of sTec, Inc. In October 2013, Western Digital Corporation completed the acquisition of Virident Systems, Inc.
The Company offers a range of storage products and solutions to meet the evolving storage needs of its end users. The Company's hard drives include 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, capacities ranging from 30 gigabytes (GB) to four terabytes (TB), nominal rotation speeds up to 15,000 revolutions per minute (RPM), and interfaces, such as Fibre Channel, Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) (SAS). The Company's solid-state drives include 2.5-inch, mSATA, MO-297 and CompactFlash form factors, capacities ranging from 128 MB to 400 GB, and interfaces such as SAS, SATA and Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA). The Company also provides in the mobile computing market of smart phones and tablets with standalone WD software applications, such as WD Photos and WD 2GO for iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms.
Client: Desktop and Notebook PCs
Client compute solutions consist of hard drives and solid-state hybrid drives for desktop and mobile personal computers (PCs). The Company's client compute storage solutions include hard drives designed for use in desktop PCs. In addition, the Company provides hard drives designed for uses in mobile PCs. The Company's hard drives for mobile PCs are low-profile to address the Ultrabook PC and tablet markets, including ultra-slim 2.5-inch hard drives and solid-state hybrid drives. These drives offer 500 GB of storage capacity. The Company also offers SATA hard drives designed for home and small office network attached storage systems, as well as hard drives designed for single-user computing systems, such as professional systems for video editing and CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) applications and desktop PC applications.
Enterprise Storage Solutions
Enterprise storage products consist of hard drives and solid-state drives for performance enterprise and capacity enterprise markets. The Company's enterprise storage solutions include performance drives. Within performance drives, the Company offers factor drives, which provide storage, primarily for data storage systems, and small forms factor drives, which provide a range of capacity and performance levels for use in enterprise servers, data analysis and other enterprise applications. The Company's enterprise storage solutions also include capacity drives primarily for use in data storage systems, in tiered storage models. The Company's enterprise storage solutions include solid-state solutions.
Branded Product Solutions
The Company's branded product solutions consist of hard drives 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. Within branded products, the Company offers hard drives, which provide storage for backup and capacity expansion in both mobile and desktop forms factors that are designed to keep digital content secure while providing portable storage for desktops and notebooks. Certain branded product solutions include software, which assists customers with backup, remote access and management of digital content. Branded products also include the Company's home entertainment products and wireless home networking products. The Company offer solutions for SMBs, by offering complete network storage solutions designed to meet the needs of SMBs by providing centralized storage, data protection and remote file access. The Company's home entertainment solutions include media players, which connect to a user's television or home theater system and play digital movies, music and photos from an integrated hard drive, network hard drives, any of its WD-branded external hard drives, other USB mass storage devices or content services accessed over the Internet.
Consumer Electronics Solutions
Consumer electronic solutions are used in DVRs, gaming consoles, set top boxes, camcorders and entertainment and navigation systems in automobiles. The Company's consumer electronic solutions include hard drives designed and optimized for video streaming applications and continuous digital video recording, such as set-top-boxes, DVRs and surveillance.
The Company competes with Fusion I-O, Inc., Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SanDisk Corporation, Seagate Technology LLC and Toshiba Corporation.
Western Digital Corp
Suite 100, 3355 Michelson Drive
IRVINE CA 92612
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