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Western Digital makes significant enhancements to storage products

Vendor unveils three storage system lines to boost offerings in the storage market

Western Digital makes significant enhancements to storage products
Western Digital has also introduced a new version of its IntelliFlash storage operating system.

Western Digital has said it is serious about the storage systems business following the rollout of enhancements to three of its primary and secondary storage lines.

The changes to the storage systems lineup of Western Digital, that until a few years ago was mainly known as a leading manufacturer of hard disk drives and SSDs, were made possible in large part thanks to the company's long-term experience in storage components, said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager of the company's Data Centre Systems business unit, Western Digital.

Western Digital has a long history of developing technology from the silicon to the platform to the final products, Bullinger said.

"We are able to leverage that intimacy to bring to market products that provider longer lifecycles," he said.

Western Digital has succeeded in the storage systems business thanks to its own integrated design, test and integration capabilities combined with its own supply chain, Bullinger said. The company has more than 2,200 customers who have deployed over 3,500 systems, both on a CAPEX basis and on a pay-as-you-go model, he said.

Western Digital rolled out changes to three storage system lines. The first was the introduction of a new flagship line in the company's IntelliFlash enterprise storage system, which is based on the technology Western Digital received with its 2017 acquisition of Tegile Systems, a developer of all-flash and hybrid-flash storage systems.

New to the lineup is the N Series of NVMe-based storage systems with SAS-based flash storage expansion capabilities, said Rob Commins, senior director of Western Digital's commercial and enterprise brand marketing.

The N Series of arrays with high-performance NVMe flash storage technology are targeted at real-time transactional applications, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep analytics, Commins added.

The line consists of six new arrays ranging from an entry-level model with a raw capacity of 23 TBs to 184 TBs to the highest-end array with up to 1.26 petabytes of raw NVMe capacity.

Prior to their introduction, Western Digital's IntelliFlash arrays featured SAS-based flash storage on the front end for performance storage combined with disk-based storage on the back end for primary or secondary storage, Commins said.

Western Digital also introduced a new version of its IntelliFlash storage operating system, which provides up to 2.5-times the performance of the previous version, along with flexible data reduction and non-disruptive data migration, he said.

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