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For Sale – Western Digital 4TB 2.5″ External Passport Hard Drive

Western Digital 4TB 2.5″ External Passport Hard Drive
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For Sale – Western Digital 4TB 2.5″ External Passport Hard Drive

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DDN storage expands, buys Western Digital’s IntelliFlash

The IntelliFlash all-flash storage platform has switched owners, with Western Digital Corporation selling off the all-flash storage line to DataDirect Networks.

With the move, Western Digital signaled its intention to exit the storage systems business while DataDirect Networks (DDN) continued its recent storage lineup expansion.

The IntelliFlash portfolio includes flash SAS and NVMe chassis and its accompanying software stack. The vendors said they expect the transaction to be finalized by the close of 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed.

IntelliFlash would become the fourth addition to the DDN storage product added to its portfolio in 15 months. Western Digital said it no longer plans to sell storage systems, marking a change in course from its aggressive run of flash acquisitions in recent years.

DDN storage has historically been aimed at high-performance computing environments such as research labs and academia, but the vendor has made a string of enterprise storage acquisitions since mid-2018.

Western Digital’s storage challenge

Western Digital is a major supplier of hard disk and flash drives. The vendor closed its fiscal year in June with revenue of $16.6 billion, down 19% from June 2018. The company had tried to add storage systems in an effort to boost margins.

The IntelliFlash chassis was developed by SanDisk Corp., which Western Digital acquired in 2015. In 2017, Western Digital purchased storage systems startup Tegile Systems, which had launched systems based on IntelliFlash arrays. SanDisk also was an institutional investor in Tegile. IBM also branded IntelliFlash as its DeepFlash 150 system, but has stopped selling that product.

DDN-owned Nexenta also has connections to the IntelliFlash arrays. Nexenta and SanDisk once partnered on reference architecture that combined NexentaStor storage software running on IntelliFlash arrays.

Western Digital said it also is seeking a buyer for its ActiveScale object storage line, based on Amplidata technology it acquired in 2015. Western Digital will hold on to its OpenFlex NVMe-oF-connected hardware devices, allowing third-party software to create pools of composable infrastructure.

Although storage systems offers higher margins, drive makers like Western Digital historically have struggled to gain a toehold selling storage to data centers, 451 Research storage analyst Tim Stammers said. Western Digital drive competitor Seagate also acquired storage systems companies, and then sold them off after disappointing sales.

“Western Digital has been attempting to do this for a long, long while, but it looks like it wasn’t happening. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have abandoned this effort,” Stammers said.

It’s like a tire maker trying to build and sell a car: Would you buy one? Would the automakers continue to use those tires on their own cars?
Tim StammersStorage analyst, 451 Research

“It’s like a tire maker trying to build and sell a car: Would you buy one? Would the automakers continue to use those tires on their own cars? It’s the same thing with drive makers trying to sell storage systems,” Stammers said.

Western Digital plans to push into fabric-attached Ethernet networking gear that supports disaggregated storage. The vendor recently acquired venture-funded Kazan Networks, a maker of application-specific integrated circuits and NVMe-oF adapters.

“We determined that the best way to address the data-centric needs of our customers was to optimize our portfolio around platforms and fabric-attached technologies,” a Western Digital spokesman said.

DDN in buying mode

DDN storage expanded with the 2018 acquisition of Tintri, which provides a file system written specifically to support storage in heavily virtualized environments. It added Nexenta software-defined storage in 2019.

Those moves came on the heels of DDN last year buying the code and customer list from Intel for the Lustre parallel file system, which provides scale-out capabilities for DDN’s ExaScaler and GridScaler storage arrays.

The addition of IntelliFlash adds unified NAS and SAN to the DDN storage portfolio said Kurt Kuckein, a senior director of marketing at DDN.

“Tintri gave us storage designed specifically for virtualized workloads, and Nexenta gave us flexible software-defined storage services. What we didn’t have was flash-based, high-performance file and block storage” to support transactional databases, Kuckein said.

Kuckein declined to say if DDN is interested in Western Digital’s ActiveScale object system. DDN already sells object storage via its Web Object Scale WOS appliances.

DDN also said it will increase its purchases of Western Digital disk and SSDs under an expanded multiyear sourcing contract.

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Western Digital’s ActiveScale adds new DR, workflow options

Western Digital’s ActiveScale 5.5 object storage update adds asynchronous object distribution for multisite disaster recovery and new workflow automation options for customers that have massive-scale unstructured data storage needs.

Western Digital claims ActiveScale can deliver up to 75 GB per second of data throughput and pack more data into a smaller footprint than past product versions, thanks to its newly integrated 14 TB Ultrastar enterprise hard disk drives (HDDs). The highest capacity HDD available with prior ActiveScale systems was 12 TB.

ActiveScale’s starting capacity is 676 TB, and deployments generally exceed a petabyte, according to Erik Ottem, senior director of product marketing for Western Digital data center systems. The largest customer, a hedge fund, stores about 200 PB, he said.

Object stores such as ActiveScale are designed to scale out on commodity server hardware and offer a more economical alternative to file- and block-based storage for applications that don’t require the highest levels of performance. Target workloads for ActiveScale include analytics, high-performance computing and internet of things.

Asynchronous geo-spread

ActiveScale 5.5’s new asynchronous “geo-spread” feature will give customers a “more efficient and less expensive” option to protect data than replication does, Ottem said. The common “triple-mirror” architecture for object storage replicates a full copy of a file to three locations. But geo-spreading replicates only a portion of an object and parity bits, so that any two locations have sufficient data chunks and parity to reconstruct the full object, Ottem said.

Western Digital has long supported a “strong consistency” model with synchronous geo-spreading. The addition of the asynchronous option will now add an “eventual consistency” option for customers with latency between geographically dispersed sites and distribute data in the background, Ottem said.

“With geo-spreading, you manage one system in three locations instead of three systems in three locations,” Ottem said.

The ActiveScale geo-spread feature gives customers the choice of 18 erasure code options based on the number of data center locations they have, capacity and data durability requirements, Ottem said.

Data Pipeline Service

Another key new feature in ActiveScale 5.5 is a Data Pipeline Service designed to facilitate workflow automation. ActiveScale provides real-time object notifications and connection capabilities to a messaging service, such as Apache Kafka, to trigger a chain of events to get work done, Ottem said.

ActiveScale View
Western Digital’s new ActiveScale View user interface is patterned after Amazon’s Simple Storage Service dashboard.

Potential use cases for the Data Pipeline Service include virus checking, document analysis for fraud detection, healthcare image analysis or video transcoding for a media and entertainment application. Western Digital will provide written and video instruction materials to help users implement the new workflow automation capabilities, Ottem said.

The ActiveScale 5.5 update also adds an optional graphical user interface (GUI), patterned after Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3), to enable employees to create new object storage buckets without requiring IT assistance.

“Our traditional GUI was aimed at the IT audience, and this GUI is really aimed at end users. It doesn’t do everything. For instance, you don’t necessarily want your power user to do troubleshooting on which disk drive or which shelf needed to be replaced. But it does make a lot of sense to have your end user understanding what his bucket uses are and what versions are available,” Ottem said.

Western Digital offers two ActiveScale models: the P100 modular option for customers with their own racks and the X100 integrated system in a prepopulated rack. Ottem said channel partners set the pricing. Support for the new 14 TB HDDs — which offer higher density at roughly the same energy footprint — will increase the suggested retail price by 2.5% to 5%, Ottem said.

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For Sale – 6TB WD Red Drive HDD

I’m selling 2 RED Western Digital 6tb Hard drives, bought from Amazon.co.uk in 2014. The drives have been used in a NAS during that time and I’ve attached the health info of the drives for those interested. They’ve operated very well and I’m only selling to get larger drives.

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I’m selling 2 RED Western Digital 6tb Hard drives, bought from Amazon.co.uk in 2014. The drives have been used in a NAS during that time and I’ve attached the health info of the drives for those interested. They’ve operated very well and I’m only selling to get larger drives.

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For Sale – 2x 3TB Western Digital RED NAS Hard Disk Drives – WD30ERFX

2 x 3TB Western Digital Red Hard disks. Now out of warranty (03/05/2018) but fault free and used in a Synology NAS. Can run a report if required to give details, but let me know which you want run!

£55 each or £100 for the pair delivered.

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