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Western Digital buys SanDisk, creates storage behemoth

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It was announced late last year but it’s now official: Hard disk giant Western Digital has completed a $19bn US deal to acquire flash memory specialist SanDisk. Chances are you’ve probably used a SanDisk memory card, and they’ve broadened out their product range in the last few years to encompass SSD drives and external storage too.

WD by comparison are still associated with spinning platters, and even sub-brands like G-Technology (whose products we’re all fans of at Newsshooter) are better known for their use of hard drives than solid state storage.

The acquisition leaves WD in a strong position to integrate solid state storage into a wider range of products. Here's hoping G-Technology are able to make the most of the access to flash technology.

It’s likely that will start to change – and although hard drives will have the edge in affordable large capacity storage for now, it seems likely that changes to SSD technology will start to address capacity issues. Frankly, the sooner the noisy RAID on my desk is replaced by a silent high-capacity alternative, the better. Roll on the future!


Here’s the press release, press release fans:

WESTERN DIGITAL COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF SANDISK, CREATING A GLOBAL LEADER IN STORAGE TECHNOLOGY

Western Digital® Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Western Digital Technologies, Inc. has completed the acquisition of SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK). The addition of SanDisk makes Western Digital Corporation a comprehensive storage solutions provider with global reach, and an extensive product and technology platform that includes deep expertise in both rotating magnetic storage and non-volatile memory (NVM).
The Company also indicated that the debt financing associated with this transaction has been consummated and that the previously obtained funds from this financing have been released from escrow to Western Digital Technologies, Inc.

“Today is a significant day in the history of Western Digital,” said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer of Western Digital. “We are delighted to welcome SanDisk into the Western Digital family. This transformational combination creates a media-agnostic leader in storage technology with a robust portfolio of products and solutions that will address a wide range of applications in almost all of the world’s computing and mobile devices. We are excited to now begin focusing on the many opportunities before us, from leading innovation to bringing the best of what we can offer as a combined company to our customers. In addition, we will begin the work to fully realize the value of this combination through executing on our synergies, generating significant cash flow, as well as rapidly deleveraging our balance sheet, and creating significant long-term value for our shareholders.”

The integration process will begin immediately through the joint efforts of teams from both companies. As previously announced, Steve Milligan will continue to serve as chief executive officer of Western Digital, which will remain headquartered in Irvine, California. Sanjay Mehrotra, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of SanDisk, will serve as a member of the Western Digital Board of Directors, effective immediately.

“As a combined company, we will be best positioned to address the demands for data storage, which is growing exponentially every year,” said Sanjay Mehrotra. “Growth and change go hand in hand, and we couldn’t be happier to grow and change together with Western Digital. I look forward to contributing to realizing the potential of this combination as a member of the board.”

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