Innovating to Fuel the Next Decade of Big Data

The world is generating, preserving and analyzing more data per year than in the previous ten years combined. With digital data forecasted to surpass 163 zettabytes by 2025, we’re looking at a 10x growth in data from 2016.

This massive data proliferation has created strategic opportunities for storage capacity expansion. At Western Digital, not only are we defining the future of hard drives, but we are creating innovative solutions by making prudent technology choices, investing in multiple parallel technologies, and delivering products with exceptional quality and reliability. Our disciplined approach to solving industry problems, such as capacity expansion, continues to drive our leadership in storage solutions for this decade and beyond.

Big Data and Fast Data Create a Bifurcation of Technology

As the scale of data continues to increase, and the diversity of application workloads expand, the world will need new data storage technologies and architectures.

“We needed to rethink how data is captured, preserved, accessed and transformed.” — Mike Cordano

The Need for Energy-assisted Recording Technology

Providing energy-assistance with heat-assisted and microwave-assisted magnetic recording technologies.

“MAMR has significant advantages over HAMR in the quest to bring lower cost, high-reliability storage to the data center.” — Brendan Collins

Foundational Technologies to Achieve Growth in $/TB Value for Capacity HDD

Helium-sealed technology is just one of three essential pillars that support higher track density.

“We have made deliberate and substantial investments in both damascene and micro-actuation for the past 5-plus years to push the limits of areal density.” — Brendan Collins

MAMR Breakthrough Exceeds Expectations

Breakthroughs delivering the reliability, manufacturability and affordability to address customer demands.

“We broke conventional wisdom to break theoretical limits.” — Brendan Collins

A Proven Leader – Our Track Record of Delivering on Innovation

With over 7000 patents in hard drive technology, we have the most powerful storage patent portfolio and are the undisputed units-shipped leader in HDDs.

“We plan to deliver the first MAMR hard drive in 2019 to launch a new era.” — Brendan Collins

Driving the Next Decade of Data Technology Innovations

Flash memory and capacity HDD will continue to coexist, with Western Digital well positioned across the full spectrum of opportunities.

“We’re in a strong position to define the future of data-centric compute architectures.” — Mike Cordano

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For those looking to dive into the latest in virtualization and cloud technology, there are few opportunities as great as Computex. Discovering the latest trends, solutions and innovations is a given as industry experts and IT professionals from around the globe meet together and discuss new ideas.


Mike Cordano

President & Chief Operating Officer, Western Digital

Janet George

Fellow & Chief Data Scientist, Western Digital

Brendan Collins

VP HDD Product Marketing, Western Digital

Dr. Jimmy Zhu

ABB Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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