Western Digital’s IntelliFlash™ Family Achieves SAP HANA® Certification to Accelerate Real-Time Insights for Enterprise Customers

SAP HANA Customers Gain Performance, Efficiency and Flexibility for Running Business-Critical Applications and Real-Time Analytics on IntelliFlash All-Flash Arrays

SAN JOSE, CA - July 09, 2019

Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that its IntelliFlash portfolio of all-flash arrays have achieved certification as an enterprise storage solution for the SAP HANA® platform. The IntelliFlash family of turnkey all-flash arrays enable businesses that use SAP HANA to reduce the cost of data processing, deliver non-stop analytics, and realize business results faster.

Enterprises are increasingly relying on the SAP HANA platform to build, deploy and operate real-time predictive analytics applications for their business. As data sets continue to increase in size and importance, it is more critical than ever for organizations to continue to realize the value of their data and gain insights in real time. By combining the in-memory data processing capabilities of SAP HANA with the proven enterprise-class primary storage workflows of IntelliFlash all-flash systems, enterprise customers can scale the performance and efficiency of their analytics infrastructure for the next generation of application workloads.

Efficiency, High Throughput and Lower Latency Delivered on a Single Platform
Western Digital's IntelliFlash family simplifies the storage and management of business-critical SAP HANA data, enabling enterprises to consolidate petabytes of data onto a single platform to maximize storage efficiency while delivering extreme throughput and low latency. Both online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP) transactions can run in parallel on the same IntelliFlash array.

"More and more enterprises around the world increasingly rely on the exceptional speed and economics of the IntelliFlash systems to run real-time applications and in-memory databases to accelerate business decisions with data analytics," said Stefaan Vervaet, senior director of solutions and alliances, Data Center Systems, Western Digital. "Western Digital is delighted to offer businesses that use SAP HANA a fully certified and customizable solution that delivers the performance and high availability that users expect from an enterprise storage solution."

IntelliFlash NVMe™, All-flash Array, and Hybrid Flash Family
Western Digital's IntelliFlash family provides turnkey solutions for customers seeking the combination of high performance, massive data consolidation, built-in disaster prevention, and simplified data management. The family includes one of the first unified, NVMe flash arrays, the IntelliFlash N-Series, which leverages the speed and efficiency of NVMe to deliver up to 3x the performance of non-NVMe all-flash arrays, with latency as low as 200 microseconds. All IntelliFlash arrays place fast data across multiple grades of flash storage media for maximum performance acceleration and consistent responsiveness. With an extensive set of data services powered by IntelliFlash OS 3.9, including inline compression and deduplication, along with native support for SAN and NAS protocols, IntelliFlash arrays have been deployed at thousands of customer sites worldwide to accelerate applications common in transaction processing, real-time analytics, databases, virtualization, and file services workloads. The IntelliFlash family comes in a range of effective capacity points up to 1.3PB1,2.

With thousands of IntelliFlash customers around the world, Western Digital has been recognized by Gartner as a "Visionary" in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays3 and has received extremely high ratings in peer reviews in the recent Gartner Peer Insights 'Voice of the Customer': Solid-State Arrays report for Western Digital IntelliFlash arrays4.

Become a Western Digital Enterprise Partner
The Western Digital Enterprise Partner Program (EPP) is an award-winning, dedicated high-touch program designed to support system integrators, solution providers and resellers serving a diverse spectrum of IT market segments and enterprise use cases. Interested parties are encouraged to apply to become a valued partner to gain access to a comprehensive selection of resources to help create tailored solutions and services that target specific markets and meet enterprise customer needs while growing their business and maximizing profitability.

Western Digital's full data center portfolio includes the IntelliFlash hybrid, all-flash and NVMe all-flash storage systems; ActiveScale™ Cloud Object storage system; OpenFlex™ NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) open composable infrastructure; Ultrastar® server and storage platforms; Ultrastar memory extension drive; and its family of Ultrastar data center-class HDDs and SSDs.

Related Western Digital blogs and resources:
"What is NVMe and why is it important? A Technical Guide"
"Western Digital Named a Visionary in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-state Arrays"
Gartner Peer Insights 'Voice of the Customer': Solid-State Arrays
Best Practices Guide: Western Digital IntelliFlash Array - SAP HANA
Vivo Energy Case Study: Fueling Africa's Future with Western Digital
Solution Brief: Make Your Business Thrive with a Modern SAP HANA Infrastructure Environment

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1 Based on 5:1 data reduction ratio and data protection methodology. 
2 One TB equals one trillion bytes and one PB equals 1,000TB when referring to storage capacity. Usable capacity will vary due to operating environment, variable compression, and data protection methodologies.
3 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, Valdis Filks, John Monroe, Joseph Unsworth, Santhosh Rao, 23 July 2018.
4 Source: Gartner, "Gartner Peer Insights 'Voice of the Customer': Solid-State Arrays," Peer Contributors, 23 January 2019.

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