HGST Launches The Industry's Highest Capacity 10K RPM Hard Drive

       HGST Launches The Industry's Highest Capacity 10K RPM Hard Drive

New 1.2TB Ultrastar™ C10K1200 Provides 33 Percent More Capacity for Improved
Storage Efficiency in Tier 1 Mission-Critical Cloud and Enterprise Servers and
Storage Systems

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --HGST (formerly Hitachi Global
Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) today
announced the industry's highest-capacity 10,000 RPM, enterprise-class hard
drive – the Ultrastar C10K1200. Providing a capacity extension to HGST's
proven Ultrastar C10K900 product line, the new 2.5-inch Ultrastar C10K1200
features a SAS 6Gb/s interface for reliable data throughput, a 64MB cache
buffer for optimized read/write response time, and a fast 10K rotational speed
for reliable high-performance computing. All this, combined with the drive's
low power, high capacity and high performance attributes, results in higher
density servers, blades and network storage arrays that helps reduce space
requirements, lowers cooling costs and improves total cost of ownership (TCO).

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Best Capacity-Performance for Mission Critical Applications
Increasing storage needs, shrinking floor space and budgets, and reducing
power and cooling are just a few challenges that datacenter managers face
today, making it challenging to scale and sustain business growth. Whether
building datacenters for public clouds, private clouds or traditional
datacenters, adopting the right tiered storage strategy delivers greater
efficiencies in terms of reliability, performance, capacity and power, and can
make a vast difference in the ability to lower TCO.

As the only 1.2TB 10,000 RPM enterprise-class SAS hard drive in the industry,
and one with a 2.0 million hours mean time between failure¹ (MTBF)
specification, the Ultrastar C10K1200 is the ultimate solution for 24x7
enterprise applications such as data mining/analysis, business processing and
timely delivery of data-intensive content-on-demand such as multiple channels
of streaming video. For space and/or power constrained cloud or enterprise
datacenter environments, the 1.2TB Ultrastar C10K1200 drive delivers 33
percent more capacity in the same 2.5-inch form factor, giving IT managers the
ability to now store 28.8 TBs in a 2U, 24-bay rackmount server. The Ultrastar
C10K1200 drive also helps datacenters achieve lower AC power and HVAC
requirements. With HGST Advanced Power Management technology, with multi-state
idle modes, the Ultrastar C10K1200 uses less than 5W during idle mode, freeing
up precious headroom for growing datacenter needs.

Storage Tiering with 10K Performance HDDs
Every datacenter application has a specific set of capacity and performance
requirements. Storage tiering helps place the right storage in the right
place, balancing capacity, performance and cost. And contrary to popular
belief, hard drives will retain their function for the foreseeable future as
the primary form of storage from a cost and performance standpoint for large
capacity, high-performance storage. The key to a sound tiering strategy is to
identify where the highest performance is needed, then segment the Tier 0 and
Tier 1 layers between enterprise-class SSDs and 10K RPM performance drives.

The Ultrastar C10K1200 is based on common Ultrastar C10K900 technologies to
ensure greater reliability and reduced qualification times. Designed with the
similar system architecture, HGST's Ultrastar 10K performance HDDs are
designed to be plug-compatible with Ultrastar solid state drives. This allows
IT managers to easily swap an SSD with a 10K hard drive in order to
effectively scale and tier applications, as SSDs provide the best IOPs/watt
for reducing TCO, while 10K performance drives are more cost effective from a
dollar-per-GB and capacity-performance perspective. A common HDD and SSD
architecture also speeds up the drive qualification process and gives IT
managers the ability to mix and match drives to ensure scale and flexibility
for easier deployment, maintenance and upgrades.

The Ultrastar C10K1200 drive includes a host of industrial-strength
technologies designed to maximize reliability for mission-critical workloads.
Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motors deliver a low acoustic rating and improved
data integrity, while Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) technology
anticipates and counteracts disturbances that can occur in multi-drive
configurations. In addition, the Ultrastar C10K1200 uses HGST-patented head
load/unload ramp to minimize integration induced drive damage.

For added data security, select models of the Ultrastar C10K1200 offer Bulk
Data Encryption for hard drive-level data security. These self-encrypting
models are designed to the Trusted Computing Group's Enterprise A Security
Subsystem Class encryption specification and allow customers to reduce costs
associated with drive retirement and extend drive life by enabling swift and
secure repurposing of drives.

"We are pleased to be the first to ship server and storage systems using
HGST's new 1.2TB Ultrastar C10K1200 enterprise-class drives," said Peter
Korce, vice president and general manager, Dell Storage. "The new HGST drives
complement our offerings, helping to deliver the performance, capacity, and
reliability that customers have come to expect from our Dell PowerEdge® and
PowerVault® solutions."

Availability
The new 2.5-inch Ultrastar C10K1200 hard drive is shipping today, and has been
qualified by select OEMs.

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.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements
relating to expected availability dates for HDD products. These
forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the
forward-looking statements, including changes in markets, demand, global
economic conditions and other risks and uncertainties listed in Western
Digital's recent SEC filings, to which your attention is directed. Readers are
cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
which speak on as of the date hereof, and HGST/WD undertakes no obligation to
update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or
circumstances.

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
formatting.

Ultrastar is a registered trademark of HGST, a Western Digital Company.
Western Digital, WD, and the WD logo are registered trademarks of Western
Digital Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their
respective owners.

Contact:
Erin Hartin           Katie Watson
HGST                    Voce Communications
Office: 303-284-7790  Cell: 408-439-2002
Erin.Hartin@HGST.com kwatson@vocecomm.com

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