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[The Verge] Western Digital is buying flash storage maker SanDisk for $19 billion

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Two of today's biggest names in data storage are joining together. Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital announced this morning that it has entered into an agreement to acquire SanDisk, a competitor focused on flash storage. The agreement values SanDisk at $19 billion, which Western Digital will pay for in a mixture of cash and stock. The deal will allow Western Digital to better compete in the storage market by giving it access to SanDisk's flash products, whereas its existing line still leans heavily on slower hard disk drives.
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Does this mean Sandisk will operate independently still or will it become a true WD product?
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Does this mean Sandisk will operate independently still or will it become a true WD product?

Well tbh, I think they will keep the name more for the consumer market, but not for the enterprise market.

They have their HGST name, which aims more at the enterprise sectors. So with sandisk tech, they can offer more solutions for faster storage, and reach to a markets sandisk has been really struggling to enter.

Also sandisk has a huge name in the flash memory cards, so they might keep the name, because if the consumer suddenly see WD branded memory cards, it will be almost a brand new entry to the market, and consumers will not be so quickly to buy.

I doubt sandisk will operate independently. I'm sure WD will force a few cuts here and there, or promote WD execs into sandisk, or force R&D on things WD is more interested in, or work on sandisk's manufacturing process which is currently struggling. But hopefully some departments will stay intact.
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Good to see a traditional HDD manufacture acknowledging the emerging and flourishing value of the SSD market for enterprise and ordinary consumers.

What was it that Seagate said again....hmmmmmmm
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Good to see a traditional HDD manufacture acknowledging the emerging and flourishing value of the SSD market for enterprise and ordinary consumers.

What was it that Seagate said again....hmmmmmmm


Seagate had a point. Hard drives are not going to go away or be replaced in the foreseeable future. I'm sure your aware that the company isn't walking with blinders on. The ssd market is real and has cut into entry level hard drive sales tremendously. Looking at Amazon, a grand for 2tb's of flash... Yea I think the old and slow disks have an absolute application and will for many years.
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I know there are SanDisk branded SSDs, but I dont think the drives use any actual SanDisk developed components inside do they? This sale would be more about the flash storage I think.
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Does this mean Sandisk will operate independently still or will it become a true WD product?

Lets see what happens after regulators approve this transaction.
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Seagate had a point. Hard drives are not going to go away or be replaced in the foreseeable future. I'm sure your aware that the company isn't walking with blinders on. The ssd market is real and has cut into entry level hard drive sales tremendously. Looking at Amazon, a grand for 2tb's of flash... Yea I think the old and slow disks have an absolute application and will for many years.

Over here an 2TB SSD is 10x (literally) the price of an 2TB HDD (64MB SATA3), so there's no way HDD's are going anywhere any time soon. As SSD prices drop so do HDD prices.
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Seagate had a point. Hard drives are not going to go away or be replaced in the foreseeable future. I'm sure your aware that the company isn't walking with blinders on. The ssd market is real and has cut into entry level hard drive sales tremendously. Looking at Amazon, a grand for 2tb's of flash... Yea I think the old and slow disks have an absolute application and will for many years.

Over here an 2TB SSD is 10x (literally) the price of an 2TB HDD (64MB SATA3), so there's no way HDD's are going anywhere any time soon. As SSD prices drop so do HDD prices.

Except SSD prices have been dropping faster than HDD prices.

Keep in mind SSDs have other advantages over HDDs besides speed (which is moot for most storage, anyway), such as reduced size, less weight, lower power consumption, less heat generated, more physical shock resistance, etc. that could mitigate their increased cost. Personally, I'm waiting for Samsung's recently announced 4TB SSDs to come out, then drop in price to around the same as their current 2TB SSDs, then I'll be all over them like fleas on a stray dog.
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Except SSD prices have been dropping faster than HDD prices.

That's mainly because HDD prices don't have to drop so fast anymore. It's not like HDD's need to take over SSD marketshare at this point (at least anything over 500GB+)

Even considering the speed, I'd still pick an HDD over an SSD at 500+ due to the price alone.

EDIT: And there's no mention about Hybrid drives. frown.gif
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