WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are
marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and
retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit
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- editor's comments:- September 2013 - During most of recent
WD has been either the #1 or #2 largest
hard drive maker.
what about WD's activities in the
branding within the SSD market has undergone several changes which can be
summarized as pre-HGST and post-HGST.
pre-HGST - WD & SSD
2012 - WD's main presence in the SSD market was in the
industrial SSD segments - based on the acquisition of a company called
During part of that time - WD's SSD business was called
Western Digital Solid State
the consumer side-track
Also during that
interlude - in 2010
- WD made some experimental market forays into the
consumer SSD market
(using 3rd party SSD
But these early "pure SSD" consumer
products were not judged to be successful enough to justify their longevity
within WD's strategic product line. Instead - WD's solid state product
ambitions within the consumer market have - in recent years - mostly been
enacted within the scope of
hybrid drives -
in which a small amount of flash is integrated as a cache within a hard drive.
- WD & SSD
After WD acquired HGST from Hitachi in
March 2012 -
HGST became the main
business entity for WD's activities in the enterprise SSD market - and became -
in effect - the reprocessing destination for several strategic
acquisitions in 2013.
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