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Western Digital Corporation and SanDisk Corporation announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock.

Western Digital and SanDisk seems two consumers related names, but they both have a huge enterprise market.

SanDisk has bought Fusion-IO more than one year ago and also has an interesting FlashSoft product, recently redesigned for VMware vSphere to be included in the VAIO framework.


WD was already a larger group, with an interesting enterprise division: HGST, Inc. (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital that sells hard disk drives, solid-state drives, and external storage products and services.

The combination is the next step in the transformation of Western Digital into a storage company with global scale, extensive product and technology assets, and deep expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM). With this transaction, Western Digital will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments. SanDisk brings a 27-year history of innovation and expertise in NVM, systems solutions and manufacturing. The combination also enables Western Digital to vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.

But not only a storage product company, but also a storage solutions with several interesting software assets.

And also a complete storage vendor, with an entire storage system: HGST Active Archive System a 4.7PB Object Storage System Making Cloud Storage More Affordable, Scalable and Accessible Than Ever Before.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (3018 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.