Western Digital Corporation Joins Active Archive Alliance To Push For Always-on Data Access

Cloud Infrastructures Continue to Drive Active Archiving Requirements for the Next Advancement in Storage

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 10, 2015 – Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), with its HGST (@HGSTstorage) Active Archive System, today announced that it has joined the Active Archive Alliance, a non-profit industry association dedicated to expanding awareness about evolving technologies that enable reliable and efficient online access to archived data. As a member of the alliance, Western Digital Corporation, will collaborate with companies like FujiFilm and HP to provide its expertise in innovative enterprise archive storage systems and solutions that enable users to derive greater value from data than traditional archive storage.

“Organizations today need rapid access to increasing amounts of data across multiple locations and platforms, and they require real-time, easy access to data archives,” said Barbara Murphy, vice president of marketing for the Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit at HGST, a Western Digital Corporation brand. “To address this, active archives need to be highly reliable and cost effective while supporting new and legacy requirements. With the HGST Active Archive System, we own the entire stack from the drive to the object store, so we bring a unique perspective about cloud-scale architecture to the Active Archive Alliance team.”

The HGST Active Archive System is a fully self-contained object storage system that enables customers to add storage as easily as rolling another rack into place and connecting it to the network, all with industry-leading power efficiency and a total cost of ownership that beats white box economics. WDC’s collaboration with the Active Archive Alliance will help drive deeper insights into the evolving landscape of data archiving and the need to instantly access data over longer periods of time.

“We are pleased to welcome Western Digital Corporation to the Active Archive Alliance,” said Peter Faulhaber, CEO of Fujifilm Recording Media, USA and chairman of the Active Archive Alliance Board of Directors. “As the complexity of long-term data storage increases, end users are seeking to optimize their IT infrastructure. Western Digital clearly understands this need and is bringing another dimension to the types of active archive solutions available with their innovative centralized management platform.”

For more information about the HGST Active Archive System, visit http://www.hgst.com/products/systems/hgst-active-archive-system.

For more information about the Active Archive Alliance, visit www.activearchive.com.

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About Western Digital Corporation

Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading developer and manufacturer of storage 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 effective technology deployment, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com and www.wd.com

About HGST: 

HGST (@HGSTStorage) branded 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.

About The Active Archive Alliance

The Active Archive Alliance is a collaborative industry alliance dedicated to promoting active archives for simplified, access to all of your data, all of the time. Launched in early 2010, the Active Archive Alliance is a vendor neutral organization open to leading providers of active archive technologies including file systems, active archive applications, cloud storage, high density tape and disk storage. Active Archive Alliance members provide active archive solutions, best practices, and industry testimonials so that organizations can achieve fast, active access to all their data in the most cost effective manner. Active Archive Alliance members include Crossroads Systems, DataDirect Networks, Fujifilm, HGST, HP, Quantum and Spectra Logic. Visit www.activearchive.com for more information.

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