2013 Best Companies: Who Fell Off And Who Emerged


Western Digital

CEO: Stephen Milligan

Hard drive and solid-state disk manufacturer Western Digital (No. 20), is another company that's making a return to the Best Companies To Partner With list this year. The vendor had been on the list in 2011 (also at No. 20), but dropped off in 2012.

This year, Western Digital expanded the scope of its business through a series of strategic acquisitions. Those included sTec, an early leader in the SSD market, and Arkeia Software, a developer of data protection software. The acquisitions continued in the third quarter with a deal to buy flash storage developer Virident for $685 million, giving the company a strong flash storage portfolio.