Western Digital Corporation, Avere Systems Enable A New Class of Massively Scalable Storage For Private And Hybrid Clouds

HGST Active Archive System Certified with Avere 5000 FXT; Combined Solution Redefines Scalable Cloud Storage with Easy Data Management

SAN JOSE, Calif. and PITTSBURGH, PA February 2, 2016 - Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced that its HGST Active Archive System has been certified with the FXT 5000 Series Edge Filer family from Avere, a leading provider of cloud file storage infrastructure. The combined strength of the HGST Active Archive System and Avere 5000 FXT Edge Filer provides maximum flexibility to enable enterprises to leverage the scalbility and economics of cloud architectures, while preserving investments in file storage and applications. The solution allows users to deploy on-premises and remote cloud-scale file storage as well as hybrid cloud-bursting models. The HGST Active Archive System provides exabyte scalability with 15-nines of data durability, while the Avere 5000 FXT Series Edge Filers provide effortless storage tiering between high performance NAS and the HGST Active Archive System. The cloud-bursting solution uses intelligent file system caching to shepherd only active data to cloud-based compute platforms, while still delivering the performance of local compute and storage.

“The public cloud has delivered tremendous cost savings to enterprises looking for a utility based model for compute, however this model has not worked for customers with very large data sets or customers who do not trust their data in the public cloud,” said Barbara Murphy, vice president of marketing, Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, HGST, a Western Digital Corporation brand. “In working with Avere, Western Digital Corporation is building a superior ecosystem and delivering a highly flexible, easy-to-scale storage system that rivals cloud storage.”

The solution gives enterprises ultimate flexibility, easily integrating with existing systems using NFS, SMB, and S3-compliant access protocols. Western Digital Corporation and Avere channel partners serving the media and entertainment, finance, life sciences, and high-performance computing (HPC) markets can now provide an object storage solution delivering cloud-scale economics to targeted rich metadata applications.

“Avere is at the forefront of large enterprise NAS deployments. The HGST Active Archive System with Avere Edge Filers maximize cloud-storage benefits without compromising application performance,” said Rebecca Thompson, vice president marketing, Avere Systems. “Together, Avere and Western Digital Corporation, offer customers a path to quickly scale-out storage, targeting existing applications, while future proofing both on-premises and public cloud deployments.”

“Neuralytix sees this strategic relationship as providing an essential solution to organizations looking to re-imagine their data centers. Support for massive data growth and better extraction of application-specific knowledge will provide more precision storage capabilities to vertical market segments,” said Ben Woo, managing director, Neuralytix. “Resellers, as recognized experts to a compute and storage IT base, will benefit by being able to deliver an optimized, scalable, and easy to manage storage solution to meet customer data SLAs and cost demands.”


The HGST Active Archive System and Avere 5000 FXT NAS Gateway are each available immediately through HGST and Avere channel partners. Resellers and system integrators are encouraged to join HGST’s Partner Program at http://www.hgst.com/partners/enterprise-partner-program. Multiple options for service and support are available. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com/activearchive or email salesna@hgst.com.

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About WDC:

Founded in 1970, Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is an industry-leading developer and manufacturer of storage solutions that enable people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Western Digital Corporation addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage products with effective technology deployment, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, WD and G-Technology brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. Financial and investor information is available on the company’s Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com.

About HGST: 

HGST (@HGSTStorage), a Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) brand, helps the world harness the power of data. Our smarter storage solutions power the markets and companies that shape our lives—enabling possibilities for the cloud, enterprise and sophisticated infrastructures everywhere. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com #LongLiveData

About Avere Systems:

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.

One MB is equal to one million bytes, one GB is equal to one billion bytes, one TB equals 1,000GB (one trillion bytes) and one PB equals 1,000TB when referring to storage capacity. Usable capacity will vary from the raw capacity due to object storage methodologies and other factors.

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Contact Info: 

Erin Hartin
HGST, a Western Digital Corp Brand
Office: 303-284-7790

Katie Watson
Porter Novelli
Cell: 408-439-2002