HGST Joins Open Compute Project To Help Define Best Practices For Datacenter Storage

 HGST Joins Open Compute Project To Help Define Best Practices For Datacenter

Leading Storage Provider Works with Facebook and Industry Partners to Help
Define and Implement Efficient Tiered Storage Strategies that Reduce Total
Cost of Ownership for Corporate and Cloud Datacenters

PR Newswire

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Open Compute Summit (Booth
C7) -- HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western
Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that it has joined the Open
Compute Project, an initiative launched by Facebook in 2011, to increase
technology efficiencies and reduce the environmental impacts of datacenters.

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With the explosion of data resulting from mobile devices, Internet services,
social media and business applications, corporate, cloud and big data
customers are constantly looking for ways to improve their storage
infrastructure costs and their bottom line. The Open Compute Project applies
open-source software principles to the hardware industry to drive the
development of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest
possible cost. HGST will contribute its expertise toward defining storage
solutions that deliver the performance and density required while achieving
low total cost of ownership (TCO) reflected in metrics such as
cost-per-terabyte, watt-per-TB, TB-per-system weight and TB-per-square foot.

"Demand for storage is booming as IT managers strive to handle the avalanche
of new data being generated by cloud datacenters, Big Data analytics, social
networking, HD video and millions of mobile devices," said Brendan Collins,
vice president of product marketing at HGST. "As a strategic drive supplier
and consultant to Facebook and in collaboration with the Open Compute Project,
we're defining best practices in the storage industry to afford end-users with
greater capital savings, operational efficiencies and energy conservation in
the datacenter."

The fourth Open Compute Summit is January 16-17, 2013, at the Santa Clara
Convention Center – 5001 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara, Calif. As a
Summit sponsor, HGST will be showcasing its Ultrastar™ 4TB enterprise-class
HDD, the world's first 4TB enterprise-class hard drive, which provides
space-efficient, high-performance, low-power storage for traditional
enterprises as well as for the explosive big data and cloud/Internet markets
where storage density, watt-per-gigabyte and cost-per-GB are critical
parameters. The 4TB Ultrastar 7K4000 family raises the bar with a five-year
limited warranty and a 2.0 million hours MTBF specification, resulting in a 40
percent lower annualized failure rate (AFR) than enterprise drives rated at
1.2 million hours MTBF. As a leader in enterprise-class SAS SSDs, HGST will
also be showcasing its Ultrastar enterprise-class SSDs that meet the
performance, capacity, endurance and reliability demands of today's Tier 0,
mission-critical datacenter applications.

About HGST
HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a
Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), 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.

One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion
bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and

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