Western Digital and WekaIO Collaborate on NVMe Flash Platforms and Object Storage to Lower Infrastructure Cost in HPC and Machine Learning Environments

Western Digital Capital Makes Strategic Investment in WekaIO to
Accelerate NVMe Adoption for Data-centric Enterprise Workloads

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AI?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#AIlt;/agt;–WekaIO,
the innovation leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for
data-intensive applications, and Western
Digital
(NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that the companies are
collaborating to deliver a fast scale-out architecture for data-centric
high-performance computing (HPC) and machine learning (ML) applications.
The expanded collaboration follows successful work between the two
companies to address complex, next-generation application workloads, as
well as a strategic investment in WekaIO from Western Digital Capital,
the strategic investment fund of Western Digital, to accelerate the
adoption of NVMe flash and object storage in the enterprise.

The enterprise market is hungry for NVMe to accelerate the performance
of traditional HPC and ML workloads, making the collaboration between
WekaIO and Western Digital advantageous for customers looking to deploy
fast and scale-out architectures. Both companies are leading initiatives
to bring NVMe technology to enterprise applications that demand
low-latency and superior performance. This includes applications with a
high concentration of data that does not get changed or modified, such
as image recognition, stock market trades, geospatial imaging and text.
These data sets are common in many ML and HPC workloads and
significantly benefit from the performance enhancement of Western
Digital’s NVMe platforms, and the durability and scalability of
ActiveScale object storage in a scale-out namespace.

By enabling WekaIO Matrix™, the world’s fastest parallel file system1,
on Western Digital’s NVMe platforms, and offering a snapshot capability
to ActiveScale™ object storage systems, customers receive a fast and
cost-efficient cloud architecture that helps move, protect, transform
and extract greater value from data.

“We have been collaborating with Western Digital for the past two years
on joint customer implementations, and the strategic investment firmly
underscores the long-term potential our innovations offer the rapidly
evolving storage marketplace,” said Liran Zvibel, co-founder and CEO of
WekaIO. “Our NVMe-native, parallel file system delivers industry leading
performance to the most demanding data-intensive applications. Western
Digital and WekaIO’s joint solution delivers incredible economics driven
by the right balance of high-performance NVMe flash and the
highly-efficient cost of petabyte-scale cloud object storage.”

The collaboration includes engineering and marketing alignment to
optimize software-defined storage features that enable a tighter
integration of WekaIO Matrix software with the Western Digital NVMe
platform portfolio and the ActiveScale object storage system to deliver
more innovative and cost-efficient solutions to market.

“Together, Western Digital and WekaIO have enjoyed significant customer
wins in the machine learning and HPC markets over the last year, with
our joint solution built on the Matrix software and Western Digital’s
ActiveScale object storage system,” said Phil Bullinger, senior vice
president and general manager, Data Center Systems business unit,
Western Digital. “This continued collaboration will serve to strengthen
our combined proposition in HPC and machine learning, where datasets are
massive. Together, WekaIO and Western Digital are well positioned to
deliver incredible price/performance and value to the market.”

Both companies continue to jointly create and sell solutions, including
software, platforms, and systems. Learn more on how WekaIO Matrix and
Western Digital jointly solve complex customer workloads today:

About WekaIO

WekaIO helps companies manage, scale and futureproof their data center
so they can solve real problems that impact the world. WekaIO Matrix™,
the world’s fastest shared parallel file system and WekaIO’s flagship
product, leapfrogs legacy storage infrastructures by delivering
simplicity, scale, and the best performance density per U, for a
fraction of the cost. In the cloud or on-premises, WekaIO’s NVMe-native
high-performance software-defined storage solution removes the barriers
between the data and the compute layer, thus accelerating artificial
intelligence, machine learning, genomics, research, and analytics
workloads.

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 comprised of the Western Digital, G-Technology™, SanDisk®,
Upthere™ and WD® brands.

Western Digital, the Western Digital logo and ActiveScale are registered
trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its
affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. The NVMe word mark is a
trademark of NVM Express, Inc. All other marks are the property of their
respective owners. Product specifications subject to change without
notice. Not all products are available in all regions of the world.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including
statements regarding the applications, benefits, capabilities, features
and performance of Western Digital’s Data Center System business unit
product line. 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.

1 WekaIO Matrix performance claims are substantiated by
industry standard benchmarks that include the IO-500
10 Node Challenge
and SPEC
SFS 2014
.

Contacts

WekaIO
Waters Communications, Sarah Shkargi
[email protected]

Western Digital
Media Relations, Erin Hartin
[email protected]

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