Why WD is Moving from Hard Driver to DC Equipment Maker

NEWS ANALYSIS: The AI/machine learning era is the next arms race for companies looking to compete in the global market and exist in a meaningful way during the next 25 years. SAN FRANCISCO — WD, also known as Western Digital Technologies, is well-entrenched as one of the world’s largest and most successful storage hard-drive makers. It’s also known as the proud owner — for $19 billion, last October — of SanDisk, one of the world’s largest solid-state storage providers.WD, founded long before the digital age (1970, went public in 1978), has been growing steadily but has remained in large part under the radar. A lot of people don’t remember that it also bought Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) five years ago for $4.3 billion, then added flash storage specialist Virident…


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