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HGST To Demonstrate An Open Ethernet Drive Architecture For Scale-Out Applications At OpenStack Summit 2014, Booth #D5

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SOURCE HGST, A Western Digital Company

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise storage leader HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), will demonstrate a new open Ethernet drive architecture offering new flexibility and capabilities for developers and operators of OpenStack cloud software at the OpenStack Summit (@openstack), May 12-16 in Atlanta, GA. 

HGST (formerly Hitachi GST and now a Western Digital company) provides a wide range of products that includes hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, and innovative external storage solutions and services that store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data.

WHAT: HGST demonstrating a new Ethernet drive architecture.

WHERE: OpenStack Summit, Atlanta, Booth #D5

WHEN: May 12-16, 2014

DETAILS: The open Ethernet drive architecture demonstration will show for the first time how data centers can seamlessly scale-out storage infrastructures and run new and existing applications distributed directly onto hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) for next generation big data processing, analytics, research queries and other applications that require long-term retention of active data. This open drive architecture has integrated CPU and memory resources running Linux, and can be mixed with existing data center infrastructure, allowing applications the option to run as close to the storage resource layer as possible. 

As shown in the demonstration, software-defined storage solutions, including OpenStack Object Storage (code named Swift), Ceph and Red Hat Storage Server (aka Gluster), run in the open architecture without modification. An open approach gives developers the flexibility they prefer and require to take advantage of Ethernet drives versus forcing them to modify their software to a vendor-specific API and architecture.

Additionally, HGST is announcing its support of an initiative to deploy a publicly available community test cluster for OpenStack Object Storage, including 6TB Ultrastar® He6 helium-filled HDDs. More information on this cluster can be found at the SwiftStack booth, #E22.

HGST is also presenting in the Summit Demo Theater on Wednesday, May 14 from 12:40 - 12:55pm. This presentation will discuss how software-defined technology has driven new requirements in storage architectures, and new opportunities for optimization when distributing storage services in an open architecture.

Follow HGST on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and #HGSTStorage and news from the OpenStack Summit via #OpenStack.

About HGST
HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops innovative, advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data. HGST addresses customers' rapidly changing storage needs by delivering intelligent storage devices that tightly integrate hardware and software to maximize solution performance. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Cloud, Datacenter, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hgst.com.

One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and formatting.

Ultrastar is a registered trademarks of HGST, Inc. and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the future availability of certain storage applications and adoption of the defined storage architecture.   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 uncertainties related to the development, introduction, and timing of products and/solutions based on new technologies and architectures, 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.


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Erin Hartin

Katie Watson

HGST

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Erin.Hartin@HGST.com

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