Western Digital detailed its mission to unlock the potential of data by making use of data at the What’s Next Western Digital event held in Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and attended online from many parts of the world. In a series of keynote speeches by company leaders, Western Digital also unveiled groundbreaking innovations in the HDD and Flash world to determine the next step, inspired by the way it uses data on both the individual and enterprise side.
In his keynote, Western Digital CEO David Goeckeler spoke about the rapidly expanding market driven by modern computing technology. The growth of the cloud, the explosion of connected smart devices, and the ever-increasing volume of digital information connected to these devices around the world, all of which require more and more storage capacity.
“Because everything we do intersects with digital innovation and therefore creates an opportunity for all of us, everything we set out begins with a belief in the potential of humans,” says Goeckeler. We offer a unique solution to the comprehensive storage needs of all our diverse customers, at every scale, from the smallest smart devices to the largest clouds.”
Rob Soderber, General Manager and Vice President, Western Digital’s Flash Business Unit, took the stage with partners including AMD, Intel and Microsoft, reaffirming the company’s commitment to delivering purpose-driven solutions that power the world’s most important and exciting digital applications today.
“Innovating for the future starts with the right tools. We know that when people are given tools to push the limits, they will never be stopped,” he says. “From autonomous vehicles to artificial intelligence; From augmented reality to computing, streaming and gaming, our flash products are helping our customers expand their potential while also allowing them to perform at their best.”
Highlighting the changes in the data center economy, Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, General Manager and Vice President of HDD Business Unit, introduced the company’s first 22TB CMR and 26TB UltraSMR HDDs, building on the foundation of a long line of key innovations. In a conversation with Dropbox, he expressed Western Digital’s commitment to being a key partner of cloud customers by delivering the innovations they need to achieve their goals.
“As a leading company in the HDD space that boasts the highest areal density, conscious innovation that delivers total cost of ownership (TCO) to our customers is our greatest responsibility,” said Gorakhpurwalla. “We know that data is our customers’ most valuable asset, and we bring together the brightest minds to develop solutions for today’s exponential rate of data creation to enable deeper connections, new breakthroughs and smarter decisions.”
New Product Innovations
Western Digital; Cloud introduced new flash and HDD products for enterprises and end consumers.
- Cloudy: Western Digital, including the industry’s first 22TB CMR and 26TB SMR HDDs and a new family of high-capacity PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSDs, enables cloud customers to more efficiently design tiered storage solutions and generate more value from their infrastructure to support the management of growing data volumes. introduced powerful data storage solutions to the market.
- How do we work? The new PCIe Gen4 Western Digital PC SN740 NVMe SSD meets the unique needs of the hybrid operating model and elevates the computing experience with up to 5,150MB/s sequential read speeds in a thin, light, low-power design.
- Yintermediary: Western Digital introduced the new SanDisk® Professional PRO-BLADE™ Modular SSD Ecosystem. Designed to meet the ever-increasing demands for capturing, transmitting and protecting high-definition content, PRO-BLADE solutions enable professionals to save time in transfers, save money with same-capacity solutions, and reduce both the volume and weight of their equipment.
- The game: Western Digital has announced two additions to its award-winning WD_BLACK game portfolio. Designed with performance and style in mind, the new WD_BLACK™ SN850X NVMe™ SSD and WD_BLACK™ P40 Game Drive SSD give gamers more options to elevate their gaming experience to make it their best.