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Press Release -- October 22nd, 2013
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HGST Provides Solid-State Storage Solutions for Verizon Cloud

Enterprise-Class SSDs Chosen for Performance, Reliability and Scalability

22-OCT-2013
by Kevin King

SAN JOSE, Calif. and NEW YORK -- HGST (a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC), and Verizon Enterprise Solutions today announced that HGST is providing solid-state storage solutions for the recently introduced Verizon Cloud. HGST s800 Series Serial Attached Storage (SAS) enterprise-class solid-state drives (SSDs) are being deployed in Verizon’s cloud servers, providing large enterprises, mid-size companies and small development shops with high-performing, highly reliable solid-state storage on a scalable platform.

"In building Verizon Cloud, we set out to vastly improve public cloud performance and deliver control and flexibility to the user," said John Considine, chief technology officer of Verizon Terremark. "HGST’s reputation for high-performance and reliable SSDs fit our vision and assures Verizon Cloud has a solid foundation."

"Verizon’s selection of the s800 Series for Verizon Cloud validates HGST’s critical role in cloud computing and enterprise storage," said Steve Campbell, chief technology officer of HGST. "Our solid-state storage solutions are enabling new cloud architectures and SAN disaggregation, whereby traditional and virtualized data centers are giving way to software-defined storage and hardware consolidation, delivering maximized per-user performance more efficiently."

Verizon Cloud puts control in the hands of the user, allowing them to dial up or down virtual machine and network settings. This provides predictable performance for mission-critical applications. Verizon Cloud leverages the HGST SSDs’ high speeds, range of capacities, and reliability to meet the users’ needs for performance, flexibility and data security. The 2.5-inch s800 Series SSDs, with capacities of up to two terabytes, deliver ultra-high input/output operations per second (IOPS) for transaction-intensive server and storage applications. The drives also control total cost of ownership through low power consumption, efficient cooling and flash-endurance features that are among the industry’s most advanced.

Demonstrations of Verizon Cloud are available at booth number 301at the Cloud Connect conference, held at McCormick Place, Chicago, Oct. 21-23, Chicago.

About HGST

HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops innovative, advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. HGST addresses customers’ rapidly changing storage needs by delivering intelligent storage devices that tightly integrate hardware and software to maximize solution performance. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Cloud, Datacenter, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hgst.com.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 100 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 180,900. For more information, visit about.verizon.com.

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