Adjustments Coincide with Expiration of External Supply Obligations

PENANG, MALAYSIA and SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Mar. 20, 2008 – Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC) announced today that the majority of its media and substrate supply obligations to external customers related to its acquisition of Komag in 2007 will be fulfilled by May 2008, as planned, and that consequently WD will streamline its media and substrate operations to serve only its own hard drive business.

As part of the realignment of media manufacturing resources, the company will focus its Penang, Malaysia facilities solely on the production of magnetic media, while substrate plating and polishing operations, currently in Penang, will be consolidated into the company’s two other Malaysian substrate facilities in Kuching and Johor Bahru, maximizing operational efficiencies. Additionally, some positions in the company’s San Jose, Calif. development and media operations facility will be affected with the cessation of external business. As a result of these actions, WD will reduce its labor force by approximately 800 employees – approximately 770 in Malaysia and approximately 30 in the United States – representing less than 2 percent of the company’s total worldwide employee population of approximately 42,500.

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Dell buys into GlassHouse

Still independent consulting firm though
Dell has made an investment in consulting and services firm GlassHouse Technologies.

It gets access to GlassHouse intellectual property, sales and marketing resources  for three years and there is a strategic partnership between GlassHouse and Dell.

GlassHouse says it is still independent.

More, but not a lot, here. The investment amount was not disclosed.

Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions Launches Virtualization Program for NetApp Partners

‘V-PWR’ program includes sales and educational material, training, demand generation services and end-user forums

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Enterprise Computing Solutions (ECS) business of Arrow Electronics Inc. NYSE: ARW, today launched “V-PWR,” a program to help its North American NetApp reseller partners capitalize on increasing demand for virtualization, a solution which enables a single machine to do the work of many resources, significantly reducing hardware and electricity costs.

Through the V-PWR program, Arrow ECS provides education, training and tools to help NetApp partners pursue and close sales for virtualization solutions with their customers. Partners receive educational sales materials about virtualization challenges and solutions; onsite sales and technical training; personalized sales coaching; and marketing support, among other program services.

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EnhanceRAID R6 iP series

IP-based D2D product for channel

Enhance Technology today announced new additions to the company’s SMB market targeted EnhanceRAID R6, the R6 IP series, a 2U 6-disk based high-versatility rack storage system that delivers up to 6 terabytes of storage capacity, performance of up to 100 MB/sec throughput, high enough to support uncompressed video surveillance application.

Protected in RAID 5 configuration running six (6+) SATA II disks, the R6 drives data via dual high bandwidth GbE ports and supports for Windows and Mac-based computing environments.

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BlueArc Chooses the Fujitsu XG2000 Ethernet Switch for Clustering Storage Solutions

Fujitsu 10Gb Ultra-low Latency 20-port Ethernet Switches Power BlueArc Titan Series

SAN JOSE, CA – March 19, 2008: Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of 10-Gigabit (Gb) Ethernet switches and innovative computer products, and BlueArc® Corporation, a leader in scalable, high-performance network storage, today announced the integration of the Fujitsu XG2000 Ethernet Switches with the SA-48 RAID Array for BlueArc’s family of Titan storage solutions, including the newly announced Titan 3000 series.

The alliance between the companies improves archiving capabilities, extending storage capacities and clustering to help reduce storage acquisition costs and extend the data lifecycle.
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QLogic Ships Virtual HBA Technology for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell

QLogic HBAs, With Hardware-Assist Features Help IT Managers to Extend SAN Best Practices Into Virtualized Data Centers

SALT LAKE CITY, March 20, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) — Novell BrainShare 2008 — QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leader in networking for storage and high performance computing (HPC), today announced that it is the first HBA vendor to ship production ready N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) solution for a shipping Linux distribution.

Enterprise Linux customers can now get NPIV-capable Fibre Channel HBAs for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the latest Linux platform from Novell that features significant enhancements in virtualization, high performance computing, security, interoperability and system management. QLogic(r) market-leading 2400 series HBAs provide hardware-assist features that enable dynamic provisioning and flexible usage of HBA resources, helping IT managers to extend SAN best practices into virtualized data centers.

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3Tera and Nirvanix Partner on New Cloud Computing Solutions for Web Application Developers

New integrated solution to be demonstrated during Under the Radar Conference

Under the Radar, Mountain View, CA – March 20, 2008 – 3Tera, Inc, the leading innovator of grid computing technology and utility computing services for Web applications, and Nirvanix, the premier “Cloud Storage” platform provider, today announced that the two companies have entered into a partnership to offer new advanced cloud computing solutions, including global distributed storage, content distribution and remote backup capabilities for web application developers.

3Tera and Nirvanix will be integrating the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network (SDN) into the standard AppLogic catalog of virtual appliances. The first such integration is the inclusion of the Nirvanix SDN as a backup target option within the AppLogic Grid Operating System backup dynamic appliance. The solution enables developers to select the Nirvanix global storage network for the highest performance storage available in the market today. Additionally, by selecting the Nirvanix SDN, AppLogic customers will be able to send backup copies to multiple global locations simultaneously for best practices in disaster recovery. This integrated solution was demonstrated today, live, with a real application grid backing up multiple images and gigabytes of data to the SDN in just a few seconds.

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VIP adds Memory Vendor Transcend to its Portfolio

Official distributor of Transcend memory modules

March 20th, 2008: VIP Computer Centre Ltd (VIP), the UK’s leading independent distributor of computer components and peripherals, today announced it is now an official distributor of Transcend memory modules.

First established in Taipei, Taiwan in 1988, Transcend has grown to become one of the leading global manufacturers of memory products and now has twelve international offices in seven different countries worldwide. Transcend’s core company values are based on four guiding principles: producing the highest quality products, offering outstanding customer service, running a highly effective business operation and promoting a ‘win-win’ approach to encourage its employees and business partners to grow and succeed together.

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Toshiba to mass produce flash drives

Only for itself at first

Just as it has done with hard drives Toshiba is to mass produce multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash drives for its own use.

This use was revealed yesterday in its Dynabook SS RX. The first drives will be 128GB MLC NAND  models and they will appear in Toshiba notebooks and small-form factor mobile PCs. Supply to customers outside Toshiba could follow.

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