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Leading Global ICT Solutions Provider Leverages the Ultrastar Hs14 SMR HDDs to Optimize Workload, Storage Density and TCO for Video Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 18, 2018 – As a leader in enterprise-capacity hard disk drives (HDDs) and the inventor of helium HDD technology, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that Huawei has qualified its host-managed shingled magnetic recording (SMR) helium-based HDD, the Ultrastar® Hs14 – the industry’s first 14TB HDD designed for demanding big data applications. An early adopter of Western Digital’s SMR HDDs, Huawei is breaking new ground by optimizing its distributed cloud storage OceanStor® 9000 system for the sequential nature of data capture in video surveillance applications. Seeing the value in enabling significant TCO improvements, Huawei has made considerable investments in the integration of Western Digital’s SMR HelioSeal® HDDs, which deliver unsurpassed density, power efficiency and reliability.

“With the explosive growth of data, our worldwide customers from different industries require high density, good performance and low power to meet their growing demands. Huawei provides comprehensive data management solutions for customers based on high-performance all-flash storage for critical business scenarios. Huawei has optimized its distributed file system for massive unstructured data scenarios, which enables OceanStor 9000 to support capacity up to 14TB SMR drives. This helps customers to manage massive video data with a lower TCO,” said Meng Guangbin, president of storage product line at Huawei.  “Huawei will continue to focus on the development of various emerging technologies, including storage medium, also through continuous technological innovation to help customers manage their data in a more efficient way.”

Large data volumes is the typical feature for video archiving, data backing up and more. Huawei’s OceanStor® 9000 makes full use of the Ultrastar Hs14 SMR drive’s capacity and drive characteristics through its ROW (Redirect on write) technology. With the OceanStor 9000 solution based on high-density 14TB SMR hard drives, customers can save up to 40 percent of a room’s floor space, and power consumption can be reduced by more than 40 percent compared to 8TB hard drive solutions commonly used in the industry today.

“Huawei is an early innovator and valued partner, and their qualification of our 14TB SMR HDD underscores the strength of our long-standing relationship,” said Mark Grace, senior vice president of Devices at Western Digital. “Today, more than 70 percent of the exabytes we ship into the capacity enterprise segment are based on our HelioSeal technology platform, which deliver among the highest capacities and the lowest TCO for scale-out cloud and enterprise data centers. We’re proud that Huawei continues to see the technology innovation and value we bring to their business.” 

The Ultrastar Hs14 is the world’s first enterprise-class 14TB HDD. Based on host-managed SMR technology, this 3.5-inch HDD is optimized to deliver the highest capacity at low TCO. It provides unprecedented capacity leadership by harnessing two core complementary technologies – fourth generation HelioSeal technology and second-generation host-managed SMR. These field proven technologies provide the foundation for delivering efficiency, quality and reliable performance required for cloud and hyperscale data center customers.

The Ultrastar Hs14 14TB HDDs are now available.

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About Western Digital

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access, and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital® data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™, and WD® brands.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider.

As a responsible steward, an innovative information society enabler, and a win-win industrial contributor, Huawei is committed to build a Better Connected World. Huawei adheres to continuous innovation around customer needs, opens up cooperation with partners, and builds end-to-end solution advantages in telecommunication networks, enterprise networks, terminals, and cloud computing. With 180,000 Huawei employees who are dedicated and dedicated to the world, they are committed to creating maximum value for operator customers, corporate customers and consumers, and providing competitive ICT solutions, products and services. At present, Huawei's services are used in more than 170 countries and regions in the world, and serve more than one-third of the world's population. Huawei Corporation is a private company that holds all shares of its employees founded in 1987. 

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About Huawei’s business

Huawei's enterprise business mainly provides products and solutions for enterprise-based networks, enterprise communications, data centers, and industrial applications. It also makes full use of the opportunities brought by cloud computing technology innovation and business model innovation, and provides cloud-based data center solutions and parts. Cloud computing enterprise application. At present, Huawei Enterprise has established its enterprise business organizations in more than 100 countries around the world. With Huawei's years of deep technology accumulation and strong innovation capabilities, in the era of cloud computing and ICT convergence, Huawei's corporate business will grow together with customers and partners to create a better future.