Data is growing and evolving every day. That’s why at Western Digital, we’re growing and evolving our relationships every day too. Collaborating with smart, innovative startups to reshape how data is captured, preserved, accessed and transformed.
Uniting the people and ideas that make the future of data a reality. We believe there’s no better use of our capital, expertise, and industry connections, than unlocking the full potential of the future.
Western Digital Capital partners with innovative startups that improve how data is generated, saved, managed, and consumed. We provide the capital, expertise and connections required to scale the organizations of tomorrow.
Our team includes investment bankers, venture capitalists, analysts, lawyers, consultants, mathematicians, scientists, and engineers with in-depth knowledge of technology and the storage ecosystem.
Together we provide the strategic insights and facilitate the business unit partnership opportunities necessary for companies to profitably accelerate their growth.
Dr. Siva Sivaram,
President Western Digital Capital
Corporate Strategy & Development Support Team
Western Digital Capital’s portfolio consists of investments in the following categories:
Developer of a transaction programming language designed to track and optimize bitcoin transactions. The company's programming language is based on proofs of time and storage, harnesses cheap and abundant unused storage space on hard drives and uses proofs of work to verify the blockchain, enabling bitcoin miners and traditional financial institutions to purchase and deploy a cryptocurrency.
Provider of cloud-based storage services intended to serve enterprises.
Developer of a data storage device designed to store data in DNA formats.
WekaIO helps companies manage, scale and futureproof their data center so they can solve real problems that impact the world. WekaIO Matrix™, the world’s fastest shared parallel file system and WekaIO’s flagship product, leapfrogs legacy storage infrastructures by delivering simplicity, scale, and the best performance density per U, for a fraction of the cost. In the cloud or on-premises, WekaIO’s NVMe-native high-performance software-defined storage solution removes the barriers between the data and the compute layer, thus accelerating artificial intelligence, machine learning, genomics, research, and analytics workloads.
Blade was created in 2015 to design and develop the PC of the future, with a simple vision: free users from the constraints of physical hardware by giving them access to a powerful, cloud-based computer. Blade’s first product, Shadow, is a high-performance PC based entirely in the Cloud. This groundbreaking service provides access to a fully featured high-end Windows 10 computer, via any internet-enabled device, including a laptop, tablet and smartphone. Today, Shadow targets one of the most demanding types of PC users: gamers. Blade’s goal is to meet gamers’ expectations as proof that its technology can be adapted to virtually every PC need and usage.
Komprise, an industry-leader in intelligent data management across clouds, empowers businesses to efficiently manage today’s massive scale of data growth while unlocking its value. The Komprise mission is to radically simplify data management through intelligent automation. Komprise partners include IBM, Western Digital, NetApp, EMC, and several others. Komprise is used by enterprises to intelligently manage data at scale.
Pliops is creating a new category of product that enables cloud and enterprise data centers access data up to 50X faster with 1/10th the power consumption and computational load. This is done by collapsing multiple inefficient layers into one ultra-fast device based on its inventive technology. Pliops' solution solves the scalability challenges raised by data explosion and the increasing requirements of AI and ML applications.
Codasip delivers leading-edge processor IP and high-level design tools that provide ASIC designers with all the advantages of the RISC-V open-standard ISA, along with the unique ability to automatically optimize the processor IP. As a founding member of the RISC-V Foundation and a long-term supplier of LLVM and GNU-based processor solutions, Codasip is committed to open standards for embedded processors.
NGD Systems is a developer of an intelligent storage platform designed to create a new category of storage devices that bring computation to data. The company's computational storage solutions use SSD storage solutions via its In-Situ Processing and allows to utilize core platforms in storage, HPC, server, rack and power solutions that is required for an optimal SW and HW ecosystem, enabling customers to create, manage and execute applications while satisfying the growth of edge, datacenters and AI.
A sampling of Western Digital Capital’s successful exits follows below: