Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) makes external and internal hard-disk and solid-state drives for a wide range of IT products, from laptops to servers. Its data storage product portfolio ranges from 3.5-inch computer drives to helium-filled hard disk drives to flash storage devices for such applications as database analytics and cloud computing. HGST sells through distributors such as Ingram Micro and Arrow Electronics. The company has development and manufacturing operations in Asia and North America. While it retains the Hitachi name, the company was sold by Hitachi to Western Digital in 2012 for about $4.3 billion in cash and stock.
HGST is headquartered in the US and has regional operations elsewhere in the US and in China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and the UK.
HGST's strategy is to stay at the forefront of technology. The company in 2014 was the first to sell helium-filled hard disk drives, which enables more drives to packed in a stack. The result is up to 10 terabytes of storage. It has sold more than one million helium-filled HDDs. HGST also has expanded its product line with flash storage, a growing medium for data intensive applications. The company has worked with Intel to develop solid state drives (flash) for enterprise-level use in servers, workstations, and storage systems. Besides working with Intel, HGST has made flash a focus of acquisitions.
Mergers and Acquisitions
In 2015, the company bought Amplidata, a developer of object storage software for public and private cloud data centers for some $267 million. The acquisition pushes HGST further into higher value data storage platforms and systems in cloud data centers. Other recent acquisitions included Virident, a provider of server-side flash storage solutions for virtualization, database, cloud computing, and webscale applications; and sTec, a provider of enterprise solid state drives.