New WD Gold Enterprise-class NVMe SSDs Designed to Dramatically Improve Application Responsiveness and Performance

News highlights:

  • With the industry transitioning to NVMe, the new WD Gold NVMe SSDs enable SME data centers to improve application responsiveness, lower TCO and accelerate time to business decisions
  • Delivering up to 5x sequential performance compared to enterprise SATA SSDs, WD Gold NVMe SSDs help enterprise infrastructures scale to peak demand for applications such as business intelligence, data analytics, virtualization and ERP, while delivering peace-of-mind with high reliability
  • With its own NAND flash, purpose-built firmware and in-house integrated controller, Western Digital demonstrates silicon-to-system expertise and leverages its expansive distribution channel to empower a broad set of customers to easily transition to NVMe technology

Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) is enabling small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to easily transition to NVMe™ storage and dramatically improve application performance with a new addition to its portfolio of data center NVMe SSDs: the first enterprise-class NVMe SSD in the WD Gold™ family.

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Western Digital Empowering Small and Medium Enterprises in Transition to NVMe with New WD Gold NVMe SSDs (Photo: Business Wire)

Industry analyst firm IDC expects NVMe unit shipments to reach more than 79 percent of the market by 20231. With advancements in multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs, legacy storage technology has become a bottleneck to maximum application performance.

Shipping in early CQ2 2020, the new WD Gold NVMe SSDs will be available in four capacities to channel partners and end customers. The WD Gold NVMe SSD is designed to be the primary storage in servers delivering superior response times, higher throughput and greater scale than existing SATA devices for enterprise applications. WD Gold NVMe SSDs complement recently launched WD Gold HDDs by providing a high-performance storage tier for applications and data sets that requires low latency or high throughput.

The new WD Gold NVMe SSDs are designed with Western Digital’s silicon-to-system expertise, from its 3D TLC NAND SSD media to its purpose-built firmware and own integrated controller. Customers have the high reliability for peace of mind that power-loss and data-path protection provide, as well as an extended five-year limited warranty. Secure boot and secure erase provide customers with additional data-management protections.

“Pick any industry - the world is being transformed by data. There is transformation and innovation happening across many IT fronts, and across virtually every industry, large and small, and it's all driven by data,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Business at Western Digital. “Transitioning to NVMe is fundamental to unlocking the performance potential of high-speed storage media, enabling new applications, use cases and workloads. The addition of WD Gold NVMe SSDs to our currently shipping high-capacity WD Gold HDDs means channel partners and customers have expanded, robust options to achieve faster time-to-value.”

Western Digital's data center solutions address a variety of needs in a fast-moving and ever-changing data technology landscape. Its broad data center portfolio includes its family of Ultrastar® HDDs and SSDs; WD Gold HDDs and SSDs; OpenFlex™ NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) open composable infrastructure; Ultrastar JBOF/JBOD storage platforms; NVMe-oF bridge solutions; and the Ultrastar memory extension drive.

About Western Digital

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, 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. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk®, and WD® brands.

1Worldwide Solid State Drive Forecast Update, 2019–2023 (Dec 2019, IDC Doc #US44492119)

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Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including the expected availability, benefits, capabilities, capacity, performance, speed and/or other features of the WD Gold NVMe SSD. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: changes to specifications from standards organizations, volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recently filed periodic report, to which your attention is directed. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Heather Davis Western Digital Product Communications 949-672-7920 heather.davis@wdc.com

T. Peter Andrew Western Digital Investor Relations 1-800-695-6399 peter.andrew@wdc.com investor@wdc.com

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