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HGST Joins the HP ProActive Insight Architecture Alliance

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Commitment to Innovation and Quality Recognized</i> </p>

Monday, June 04, 2012

HGST Joins the HP ProActive Insight Architecture Alliance11:00 EDT Monday, June 04, 2012 LAS VEGAS (Business Wire) -- HP Discover Booth 321 – HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company, NASDAQ: WDC) today announced it is a founding member of the HP ProActive Insight Architecture (PIA) Alliance. HGST was selected by HP for its enterprise-class Ultrastar™ hard disk drive (HDD) family, which is built to the HP standards and interfaces that contribute to the industry-transforming performance and reliability of HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8). HP ProActive Insight Architecture, now available in the new HP ProLiant Gen8 servers, transforms data center economics with built-in intelligence that improves performance and uptime, while lowering operating costs. As a founding member of the HP PIA Alliance, HGST will continue to contribute to the elimination of common problems caused by human-to-technology interaction that lead to system downtime and data loss. Through embedded HP ProLiant Gen8 server technology, HP PIA Alliance members, along with HP, can evaluate data and other critical analytics to continually optimize and improve on business results. The HP PIA Alliance brings together the collective value of the world's leading technology innovators to complement HP ProLiant Gen8 servers. Alliance members, drawn from leaders in memory, storage, I/O, power and infrastructure solutions, build technology components to HP Proactive Insight architecture standards and interfaces. These components help to analyze thousands of system parameters and automate processes that consume critical data center resources. Additionally, they provide insight into aspects of application performance and IT infrastructure optimization that had once been nearly impossible to capture and utilize. "As one of the leading enterprise-class HDD and SSD companies in the world, we are honored to be a founding member and active participant in HP's ProActive Insight Architecture Program,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST, a Western Digital company. “We have had a long history with HP, continually meeting their stringent quality and performance standards, and in 2011 we won their Global Supplier Quality of the year award. With our quality reputation and commitment, HP ProLiant Gen8 customers will continue to benefit from our field-proven Ultrastar hard drive platform with industry-leading technology, performance and high reliability.” “The cost of manual operations and system optimization needed to support growing IT requirements is unsustainable,” said Jim Ganthier, vice president, Marketing and Operations, Industry Standard Servers and Software at HP. “The PIA Alliance brings together some of the world's leading technology companies to eliminate manual maintenance tasks and significantly improve data center efficiency.” HGST will use the HP PIA qualified insignia as visible assurance of meeting HP's stringent quality and performance standards. The HP PIA Alliance will be featured at HP's premier client event, HP Discover, which takes place June 4-7 in Las Vegas. About HGST HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a Western Digital 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, including Enterprise, Desktop, 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. One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and formatting. Western Digital, WD, and the WD logo are registered trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. HGSTErin Hartin, 303-284-7790 (Office)Erin.Hartin@HGST.comorVoce CommunicationsKatie Watson, 408-439-2002 (Cell)kwatson@vocecomm.com