HGST’s Active Archive System Wins Newbay Media Best of Show Award at NAB 2015

Active Archive System Recognized as Leading Product for Data-at-Scale Storage and Accessibility for On-Demand Video and Content Archives

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22, 2015 — Helping the world harness the power of data, HGST (@HGSTStorage), a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that its Active Archive System is the recipient of one of the media industry’s most prestigious technology honors – NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award, presented at the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas by Digital Video magazine. NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

HGST’s Active Archive System is an object storage system that enables businesses to cost-effectively store, retain and harness the power of data. Delivering 4.7 petabytes (PB) of raw data storage in a single rack, the HGST Active Archive System is a ready out-of-the-box object storage system that helps data centers easily evolve from siloed data storage to cloud-scale active archiving.  For rich media content that is in need of long-term retention with fast access, the Active Archive System provides unprecedented levels of accessibility, scalability, simplicity and affordability. Its breakthrough TCO beats the white box economics of traditional cloud infrastructure to enable organizations to store more content online without the need to move to tape archives.

HGST will be featured in Digital Video, read by thousands of video professionals in the United States, around the world and online. Digital Video magazine offers technology-focused editorial, in-depth reviews, expert guidance, and tutorials alongside editorial that follows the creative process, examines project challenges and showcases compelling work.

All nominated products also are featured in the special Best of Show Awards Program Guide, to be distributed in digital edition form to more than 100,000 of readers of Digital Video, TV Technology, Video Edge, Radio World, Radio magazine, Pro Sound News and Sound & Video Contractor after the convention.

“Recognition with an award at the NAB Show from NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group is a strong vote of confidence and admiration from our leading industry publications,” said NewBay Media Broadcast & Video Group Vice President & Group Publisher Eric Trabb.

“HGST’s Active Archive System delivers a platform that makes it affordable to keep more data on-line and available, and we are honored that NewBay Media has recognized this achievement,” said Barbara Murphy, vice president of marketing, Elastic Storage Platforms Group, HGST. “We have delivered the only solution that offers superior economics with industry leading rack density, resiliency, and access at petabyte-scale. Leveraging our investment in object storage software and our unique approach of vertical innovation, our Active Archive System is well-positioned to help media companies drive greater value from their digital assets.”

The HGST Active Archive System is available for immediate orders. The system will be sold through HGST sales partners, including distributors, solution providers, system integrators and select OEMs. Multiple options for service and support are also available. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com/activearchive.

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HGST (@HGSTstorage) helps organizations 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. HGST is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC). Learn more at <a href="http://www.hgst.com/">www.hgst.com</a>. #LongLiveDataThis press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to expected availability of storage 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, uncertainties related to the development, introduction, and timing of products based on new technologies, 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 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.Simplicity at Scale, and Long Live Data are trademarks, and Ultrastar is a registered trademark of HGST, Inc. and its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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