HGST, established in
2003 and formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (before becoming
a Western Digital owned company) develops advanced hard disk drives,
enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and
services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data.
Founded by the pioneers of hard
drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments.
For more information, please visit the company's website at
links & mentions on StorageSearch.com,
who in SSD? - by
editor - September 2013
By the time HGST eventually emerged
through the nearly year long delay of
regulatory compliance hurdles in
(which had been triggered by
WD agreeing to acquire
it from Hitachi) HGST's already weak and late to market
SAS SSD product line
was looking even more tired and unattractive in comparison to leading
competitors in the enterprise SSD race than it already had done when this
storage drive acquisition marathon began.
One confirmatory indication of this being that (unlike WD itself)
HGST had never appeared in the
Top SSD Companies List
throughout the 6 year period from 2007 upto the middle of 2013.
however, the potential market reach of of HGST's enterprise SSD IP assets
has been greatly augmented by a series of
among which are the following companies.
successful - the cumulative impact of HGST's reprocessing of all the enterprise
SSD IP which will soon be at its disposal - could fundamentally change the
way that WD is
regarded within the SSD
market of the future - as "pre-HGST" and "post-HGST"
was sampling 3.5"
FC SSDs and
SAS SSDs with upto
400GB SLC capacity and 535MB/s read and 500MB/s write throughput (6Gb/s SAS)
46,000 / 13,000 R/W
March 2011 -
WD announced it
Hitachi GST for
approximately $4.3 billion. Although the primary motive is
hard drives - the
companies said they would put more resources into SSDs too.
its acquisition of HGST
- which will retain its brand identity and operate as a wholly owned
Also in this month -
announced that its 2.5"
product - the
SSD400S - is now shipping in EMC's
- WD announced that it
had agreed to acquire
Stec for approximately
$340 million. Stec will be absorbed into
In July 2013 -
WD announced it had
SSD software company
operating in the SSD
In September 2013 -
WD's enterprise SSD
HGST announced it would
Systems for approximately $685 million in cash.
|"How much write
endurance is enough? given that worst case write endurance wear out in
our own (best of breed) enterprise SSDs is between 14 months to 11 years
- depending on the model... Meanwhile other data failure factors may be even
more important in some applications - such as power off data retention of just
3 months at 40 degrees C... Continued customer education is needed."|
SSD Endurance Race: Who's Got the Write Stuff? (pdf) - by Ulrich Hansen
Director of Market Development, HGST - (August 2012)
- presentation at the Flash