WD Founds New Storage Group

Irvine-based disk drive manufacturer WD has banded together with HGST, Seagate, and Toshiba to create a brand new storage association, the companies said Tuesday. According to the companies, the new group will focused on rotating magnetic storage technologies, and focus on making consumers and professionals aware of "how critical hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) are to their digital lives." The new group announced its formation at a conference for one of the main, new competitors for traditional rotating storage, the Flash Memory Summit. Solid state disk drives--those disk drives which are made with flash memory, and don't include any rotating components--have increasingly been taking parts of the storage market from the traditional rotating disk drive vendors.