WD® Expands Its SMB Storage Product Portfolio With Arkeia® Software Solutions

WD® Expands Its SMB Storage Product Portfolio With Arkeia® Software Solutions

Arkeia Network Backup v10.0 Becomes Generally Available

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --WD^®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:
WDC) company, announced an expansion of its product portfolio addressing
small- and medium-sized businesses with the addition of network backup
software and appliances from Arkeia^® Software, Inc., a privately held data
protection company based in Carlsbad, Calif., recently acquired by WD. WD also
announced that the Arkeia Network Backup version 10.0 software, for which a
release candidate was delivered in Dec. 2012, becomes generally available
(www.arkeia.com/new-in-v100) today.

"Arkeia's products expand WD's growing product portfolio of solutions for
small- and medium-sized businesses," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president
and general manager of WD's Branded and CE products. "SMB organizations are
managing ever-growing volumes of critical business data, which need to be
stored, shared and secured. Our easy-to-manage small storage server, WD
Sentinel™ DX4000, provides backup and storage centralization capabilities for
small businesses and workgroups, while Arkeia's network backup software
provides a more feature-rich data-protection solution for larger SMB

Arkeia's software, appliances and virtual appliances back up data to disk,
tape and cloud storage. The company's patented Progressive Deduplication™
technology speeds hybrid-cloud backup by reducing the bandwidth necessary to
replicate backup sets over wide area networks. Arkeia sells its products
worldwide through resellers and managed service providers.

The acquisition was completed through a merger transaction, encompassing all
of the employees, technology and products of Arkeia. Arkeia will be integrated
into WD's Branded Products SMB unit and the products initially will retain the
Arkeia name. WD will support all Arkeia customers on current maintenance and
plans to retain both Arkeia's software and appliance product lines. Financial
terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"Joining WD gives the Arkeia team a great opportunity to accelerate adoption
of Arkeia's innovative technologies and products," said Bill Evans, senior
director of worldwide software marketing at WD and former CEO of Arkeia
Software. "The Arkeia team is delighted to be a part of WD. WD has chosen an
ideal moment to invest in this critical product category as backup-to-disk
solutions accelerate their displacement of backup-to-tape. WD's financial
strength, engineering excellence and organizational discipline will take
Arkeia's products and customers to the next level."

Arkeia Network Backup v10.0 General Availability

Arkeia Network Backup v10.0 enables hybrid cloud backups by allowing
administrators to combine physical media and Internet transport to replicate
backup sets to or from remote cloud storage. Leveraging Arkeia's advanced
Progressive Deduplication technology, Arkeia Network Backup v10.0 permits SMB
organizations to protect large data volumes in the cloud without incurring
high monthly bandwidth charges. By allowing large backup sets to be moved on
physical media and small backup sets to be sent over the wire, Arkeia makes it
practical to replicate backup sets from a LAN to remote cloud storage for an
inexpensive, tape-free alternative to off-site backup and recovery. More
information can be found at: www.wd.com and www.arkeia.com.

About WD

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry
leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable,
high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are
deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise
computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as
well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD's leading
storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software
solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect,
share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in
1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, please visit
the company's website at www.wd.com.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of
products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and
preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage
devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD,
HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's
website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking
statements include statements concerning the anticipated benefits of the
Arkeia acquisition and management's anticipated plans and strategies for the
Arkeia business. These forward-looking statements are based on management's
current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in
the forward-looking statements, including the possibility that the expected
benefits of the acquisition may not materialize as expected; failure to
successfully integrate Arkeia's products, capabilities and employees with WD;
and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the company's recent
Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on Nov. 2, 2012, to which your attention is
directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these
forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the
company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to
reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and Arkeia are registered trademarks in the
U.S. and other countries; WD Sentinel and Progressive Deduplication are
trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc.

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Website: http://www.wd.com
Contact: Steve Shattuck, WD Press Relations, +1-949-672-7817,
steven.shattuck@wdc.com, or Bob Blair, Western Digital Investor Relations,
+1-949-672-7834, Robert.Blair@wdc.com
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