SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 6, 2018--Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that Western Digital (Tegile) was recognized as a Visionary in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays for the fourth year in a row.*

"We believe that our position as a Visionary in this Gartner Magic Quadrant is a testament to the exceptional customer value that IntelliFlash™, our award-winning portfolio of solid-state arrays, delivers in the market,” said Narayan Venkat, vice president of marketing, Western Digital’s Data Center Systems business unit. “We are investing heavily in our data center systems business to expand our NVMe™ and high-density all-flash array offerings, and accelerate innovation in data management for various Big Data and Fast Data applications in the enterprise, including real-time analytics, machine learning and AI.”

As part of the Western Digital family of brands, IntelliFlash all-flash arrays leverage the power of the company’s Symbiotics Design™ approach. This unique approach enables innovation and optimization across multiple technologies and software and hardware design points - from silicon to devices to systems - to deliver breakthrough value in workload acceleration for a full range of data-centric applications.

IntelliFlash Product Family Western Digital’s IntelliFlash arrays are an enterprise flash storage system that helps organizations accelerate business-critical applications, simplify storage management, and reduce costs by consolidating a variety of workloads onto a single system architecture. Addressing both Big Data and Fast Data needs of an enterprise, the IntelliFlash portfolio of NVMe, all-flash and hybrid-flash arrays offers customers a wide range of storage choices to meet the performance and economic service levels of every application and workload. Every IntelliFlash array is powered by IntelliFlash OS, a purpose-built software operating system for flash, which delivers a full suite of capabilities, including multiple protocols, data reduction, data protection and automated data healing.

The Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays evaluates vendors that offer solid-state arrays. Each vendor in the Magic Quadrant is evaluated based on its ability to execute (product or service, overall viability, sales execution/pricing, market responsiveness/record, marketing execution, customer experience, and operations) and its completeness of vision (market understanding, marketing strategy, sales strategy, offering (product) strategy, business model, vertical/industry strategy, innovation, and geographic strategy).

To access a complimentary copy of the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, click here.

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*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, Valdis Filks, John Monroe, Joseph Unsworth, Santhosh Rao, 23 July 2018. In the 2015, 2016, and 2017 reports, Western Digital was listed as Tegile because Western Digital acquired the company in September 2017.

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About Western Digital Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital® data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™, and WD® brands.

Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the applications, benefits, capabilities, features and performance of Western Digital products. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently filed periodic report to which your attention is directed. The company undertakes no obligation to update the information in this release in the event facts or circumstances change after the date of this release.

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