Western Digital Corporation And CTERA Partner To Transform Enterprise File Services, File Collaboration And Data Protection

Certification of the HGST Active Archive System for Use with CTERA Enables Anywhere, Any Device, Collaboration and Data Protection From Secure Petabyte-Scale Private Clouds

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 14, 2016 – Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) and CTERA Networks today announced a certified solution for IT organizations to build private clouds that combine enterprise-grade file sharing, data protection, and branch office file storage capabilities with cost-effective object storage and cloud orchestration.

The joint solution combines the scalable HGST Active Archive System with CTERA’s Enterprise File Services Platform to enable enterprise organizations and service providers to launch enterprise file services with strong levels of security, simplicity and affordability. By building a private cloud, organizations can limit the privacy, security and data sovereignty concerns associated with public SaaS solutions, while realizing the benefits of cloud technologies and software-defined infrastructure.

This enterprise-grade solution from HGST and CTERA delivers the following file services:

  • Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS): A private alternative to consumer-grade cloud SaaS services that features centralized management, a modern user experience and advanced encryption and authentication.

  • Cloud Storage Gateways: All-in-one, centrally-managed office storage appliances that integrate NAS file sharing, and cloud DR to remove the complexities of legacy file servers, remote backup systems and offsite vaulting services.

  • Endpoint and Server Backup: Simple, secure, centrally-managed data protection agents for workstations and servers featuring direct-to-cloud or disk-to-disk-to-cloud (hybrid) backup that optimizes recovery times and business continuity.

"The explosion of unstructured data and proliferation of unsanctioned, consumer-grade SaaS services across the enterprise is creating significant IT concerns for file and data protection," said Jeff Denworth, CTERA senior vice president of Marketing. "CTERA’s integration with the HGST Active Archive System puts secure private cloud file services easily within reach for enterprises and service providers who are leading the cloud IT-as-a-Service transformation."

The WDC HGST Active Archive System is an easy-to-deploy, Amazon S3®-compliant, scale-out object storage solution with the ability to scale total raw capacity from 672 terabytes (TB) to hundreds of petabytes (PB). Combined with the CTERA Enterprise File Services platform, the joint solution offers file services for remote and branch offices, enterprise file sync and share, as well as server and endpoint backup capabilities. Additionally, by utilizing distributed erasure coding, files and services remain available even in the event of a data center outage, maintaining a consistent global view and data accessibility from any location.

"Data across the enterprise comes in many types and formats and the rising number of disparate storage silos is causing fragmentation in corporate infrastructure," said Dave Tang, senior vice president, Data Center Systems Business Unit at Western Digital Corporation. "By certifying the solution with CTERA, the HGST Active Archive System enables any organization to deploy a private and secure cloud. Additionally, this will simplify the modernization of legacy data systems, which will allow enterprises and service providers to offer ‘IT-as-a-service’ and accelerate business."

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About Western Digital Corporation

Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers.

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