HGST Joins the HP ProActive Insight Architecture Alliance

  HGST Joins the HP ProActive Insight Architecture Alliance

               Commitment to Innovation and Quality Recognized

HP Discover 2012

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- June 04, 2012

HP Discover Booth 321 – HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and
now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) today announced it is a founding
member of the HP ProActive Insight Architecture (PIA) Alliance. HGST was
selected by HP for its enterprise-class Ultrastar™ hard disk drive (HDD)
family, which is built to the HP standards and interfaces that contribute to
the industry-transforming performance and reliability of HP ProLiant
Generation 8 (Gen8).

HP ProActive Insight Architecture, now available in the new HP ProLiant Gen8
servers, transforms data center economics with built-in intelligence that
improves performance and uptime, while lowering operating costs. As a founding
member of the HP PIA Alliance, HGST will continue to contribute to the
elimination of common problems caused by human-to-technology interaction that
lead to system downtime and data loss. Through embedded HP ProLiant Gen8
server technology, HP PIA Alliance members, along with HP, can evaluate data
and other critical analytics to continually optimize and improve on business
results.

The HP PIA Alliance brings together the collective value of the world’s
leading technology innovators to complement HP ProLiant Gen8 servers. Alliance
members, drawn from leaders in memory, storage, I/O, power and infrastructure
solutions, build technology components to HP Proactive Insight architecture
standards and interfaces. These components help to analyze thousands of system
parameters and automate processes that consume critical data center resources.
Additionally, they provide insight into aspects of application performance and
IT infrastructure optimization that had once been nearly impossible to capture
and utilize.

"As one of the leading enterprise-class HDD and SSD companies in the world, we
are honored to be a founding member and active participant in HP’s ProActive
Insight Architecture Program,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product
marketing, HGST, a Western Digital company. “We have had a long history with
HP, continually meeting their stringent quality and performance standards, and
in 2011 we won their Global Supplier Quality of the year award. With our
quality reputation and commitment, HP ProLiant Gen8 customers will continue to
benefit from our field-proven Ultrastar hard drive platform with
industry-leading technology, performance and high reliability.”

“The cost of manual operations and system optimization needed to support
growing IT requirements is unsustainable,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president,
Marketing and Operations, Industry Standard Servers and Software at HP. “The
PIA Alliance brings together some of the world’s leading technology companies
to eliminate manual maintenance tasks and significantly improve data center
efficiency.”

HGST will use the HP PIA qualified insignia as visible assurance of meeting
HP’s stringent quality and performance standards.

The HP PIA Alliance will be featured at HP’s premier client event, HP
Discover, which takes place June 4-7 in Las Vegas.

About HGST

HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a
Western Digital company, develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class
solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to
store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. Founded by the
pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of
market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer
Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains
its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please
visit the company’s website at http://www.hgst.com.

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Contact:

HGST
Erin Hartin, 303-284-7790 (Office)
Erin.Hartin@HGST.com
or
Voce Communications
Katie Watson, 408-439-2002 (Cell)
kwatson@vocecomm.com
 
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