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Yahoo! Japan Qualifies HGST FlashMAX II PCIe SSDs

Enterprise storage leader HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ:WDC), today announced that its flash-based Storage Class Memory (SCM) solution, the HGST FlashMAX II, has been qualified by Yahoo! Japan for use in their relational database management system (RDBMS) server storage systems. With the high capacity in a low-profile form factor, the HGST FlashMAX II increases Yahoo! Japan RDBMS processing speeds by 10x in their conventional configuration.

Due to the rapid growth of Internet data and the increasing demand for rich content, the RDBMS database servers at Yahoo! Japan needed more speed with low latency to handle growth and serve up more targeted content. Given this volume and the mission-critical nature of their business, Yahoo! Japan coupled the HGST FlashMAX II with an x86 server and InfiniBand to its conventional RDBMS to increase processing speeds and application performance, while reducing power consumption.

“As workloads increased, our conventional iSCSI-based storage solution could not keep pace with the rate of our business,” said Hiromune Ozaki, manager of Data Solution Division, System Management Group, Yahoo! Japan. “The HGST FlashMAX II integration delivered more predictable and sustained performance, increased the reliability of our RDBMS database clusters and allowed our team to reduce our datacenter footprint.”

The HGST FlashMAX II has been designed from the ground up to fully exploit today’s enterprise datacenter architectures and solve application performance problems. The HGST SCM architecture has been designed to tightly integrate flash media, hardware and software to deliver memory-class performance with storage-class capacity to reduce power consumption, server sprawl and enable cost-effective upgrades to existing infrastructure performance.

“Yahoo! Japan has a rigorous selection process, and the qualification of our FlashMAX II is continued validation that our solution has been designed from the ground up to fully exploit and improve application performance in todays enterprise datacenters,” said Mike Gustafson, senior vice president and general manager, HGST’s SSD, Software and Solutions Group. “The HGST FlashMAX II allows the Yahoo! Japan team to improve their existing infrastructure and take full advantage of CPU performance.”

About HGST

HGST, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops innovative, advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. HGST addresses customers’ rapidly changing storage needs by delivering intelligent storage devices that tightly integrate hardware and software to maximize solution performance. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Cloud, Datacenter, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

One GB is equal to one billion bytes, and one TB equals 1,000 GB (one trillion bytes). Actual capacity will vary depending on operating environment and formatting.

Virident is a registered trademark and FlashMAX is a filed trademark of HGST, Inc. and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.

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