Western Digital® Makes Strategic Investment in Skyera

            Western Digital® Makes Strategic Investment in Skyera

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Skyera Inc. and Western
Digital® Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that Skyera has received
strategic funding from Western Digital Capital as part of its recently
announced Series B round of financing. Western Digital Capital co-invested in
the $51 millionround as an extension of the strategic relationship between
the two companies that also includes joint technology development. Western
Digital had previously funded Skyera as its initial outside investor.

"The backing of Western Digital has enabled us to ramp our business across
marketing, sales and engineering which has been instrumental in creating the
industry's most innovative solid-state solution," said Radoslav Danilak, chief
executive officer of Skyera. "With our skyHawk family of enterprise
solid-state storage systems we are witnessing the next era of solid-state
storage and I strongly believe that having a close working relationship with
Western Digital, the world's top disk drive vendor, is invaluable as we set
out to reshape the storage landscape."

"One of our primary goals in developing strategic relationships with
technology innovators in the broader storage ecosystem is to enable customers
to develop highly optimized storage solutions that meet their changing data
management needs," said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer,
Western Digital. "We see companies like Skyera as offering a dramatic
improvement over traditional approaches to emerging storage challenges. We
will continue to support innovation by collaborating with customers and
partners, and investing in companies who are addressing today's most exciting
storage opportunities."

Skyera's skyHawk series of enterprise solid-state storage systems, priced at
an industry breakthrough price point of less than $3 per gigabyte, mark the
first time that the latest generation 19/20nm solid-state technology can be
used as a direct replacement for traditional enterprise hard disk-based

Skyera's skyHawk solid-state solution has received industry acclaim as a
visionary and innovative product, substantiating Skyera's approach to
mainstream enterprise solid-state storage. Its SEOS™ solid-state operating
system combines hardware, storage and data management into a unified solution
that provides top performance, cost and power consumption attributes.

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About Skyera
Skyera Inc. is a disruptive provider of enterprise solid-state storage systems
designed to enable a large class of applications with extraordinarily high
performance, exceptionally lower power consumption and cost effectiveness
relative to existing enterprise storage systems. Founded by the executives who
previously developed the world's most-advanced flash memory controller, Skyera
is backed by key technology and financial partnerships designed to position it
at the forefront of the hyper growth in the solid-state storage sector. The
company was chosen by Flash Memory Summit as a Best of Show award winner for
2012 in the category of Most Innovative Flash Memory Enterprise Business
Application. For more information about the company, visit skyera.com.

About Western Digital Corp.
Western Digital Corp., Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and
services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve
digital content. Its subsidiaries 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 Western Digital's strategic growth
activities and the anticipated benefits of its investment in Skyera. 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 risks and uncertainties listed in Western Digital's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including its
recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on Feb. 1, 2013, 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
Western Digital undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking
statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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SOURCE Western Digital Corp.

Website: http://www.westerndigital.com
Contact: Mark Smith, JPR Communications for Skyera, 818-884-8282, ext. 22,
marks@jprcom.com, Skype: jprmark, or Steve Shattuck, Western Digital Corp.,
949-672-7817, steve.shattuck@wdc.com, or Investors, Bob Blair, Western Digital
Corp., 914-552-1413, robert.blair@wdc.com
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