Profile: Western Digital Corp (WDC.OQ)
26 Aug 2016
Western Digital Corporation (Western Digital), incorporated on October 26, 2000, 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 (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), direct attached storage solutions, personal cloud network attached storage solutions, and public and private cloud data center storage solutions. HDDs are its principal products. The Company's products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brand names. Western Digital sells its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure players, and consumers. The Company also offers an enterprise storage product called active archive, which is a fully enclosed rack system utilizing its helium hard drives and object storage software, and a family of WD My Cloud products. The Company has manufacturing facilities in China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, as well as sales offices throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Holdings Pte. Ltd. and SanDisk Corporation.
The Company offers a line of data storage solutions to meet the evolving storage needs of its end users. HGST's HDD offerings include approximately 10,000/15,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) drives targeting server and storage system OEMs; enterprise capacity drives for bulk storage applications for both hyperscale cloud customers and OEMs; helium sealed drives featuring capacities of over 10 terabytes (TB); mobile drives for the notebook, personal computer (PC) and gaming markets; enterprise storage software, and a fully integrated active archive system. HGST also delivers a line of SSDs for servers and storage systems applications that include approximately 2.5 inch serial attached Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) (SAS) drives, as well as peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) NVMe SSDs and embedded flash solutions. The Company's WD subsidiary designs, manufacturers and provides hard drives for a range of digital storage uses, from PCs and data centers to video recording systems, home network storage devices, and video surveillance. WD also packages these hard drives into consumer appliances, which offer portable, desktop and personal cloud storage for accessibility from anywhere and sharing functionality.
The Company's enterprise storage solutions consist of HDDs and SSDs for performance enterprise and capacity enterprise markets. Its enterprise storage offerings include performance HDDs which are optimized for performance applications providing a range of capacity and performance levels primarily for use in enterprise servers, supporting high volume online transactions, data analysis and other enterprise applications. The Company's enterprise storage devices also include capacity drives which provide enterprise class reliability, and are primarily for use in data storage systems, in tiered storage models and where data must be stored reliably for years. The Company also offers approximately 10 TB drive, a helium sealed HDD designed for active archive applications. Its enterprise storage solutions include solid-state solutions which feature high read/write speeds and include high capacities. The Company offers a range of SSDs for the enterprise applications-based on the SAS and PCIe interfaces. HGST also delivers advanced software for caching and clustering that accelerates traditional enterprise storage environments and enables server consolidation for cloud and hyperscale environments.
Storage Platforms and Systems
The Company's subsidiary, HGST, offers a vertically integrated solution, HGST Active Archive system. The active archive system delivers a fully configured S3-compliant, scale-out object storage system that utilizes HGST's helium-filled HDDs.
Client: Desktop and Notebook Personal Computers
The Company's client compute solutions consist of HDDs for desktop and mobile PCs. Its client compute storage solutions include HDDs designed for use in desktop PCs. In addition, the Company provides HDDs designed for use in mobile PCs. The Company also offers Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) HDDs designed for home and small office network attached storage systems; hard drives for video recording applications, including surveillance, as well as HDDs designed for single-user computing systems, such as professional systems for video editing and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) applications and high-end desktop PC applications, including gaming.
The Company's branded product solutions consist of HDDs embedded into WD and HGST. Within branded products, it offers HDDs that provide 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. In addition, within branded products, it offers solutions for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs), by offering network storage solutions designed to meet the needs of SMBs by providing centralized storage, backup, data protection and remote file access. The Company also provides external hard drives that connect to home or office networks, enabling consumers access from anywhere with an Internet connection and from smart phones, tablets and PCs via WD mobile applications and PC software. Its My Cloud solutions functions as public cloud storage services. Its branded product solutions, such as the My Cloud products include software that assists customers with backup, remote access and management of digital content.
Consumer Electronics Solutions
The Company's consumer electronics solutions are used in digital video recorders (DVRs), gaming consoles, security surveillance, systems, set top boxes, camcorders, multi-function printers and entertainment and automobile navigation systems. Its consumer electronics solutions include HDDs designed and optimized for video streaming and continuous digital video recording.
The Company competes with Intel, Micron, Samsung, Seagate and Toshiba.
Western Digital Corp
3355 Michelson Dr Ste 100
IRVINE CA 92612-5694
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