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CRN Exclusive: Western Digital President, COO Cordano On Importance Of Investing In Hard-Drive, Flash Technology

'We believe in R&D as a driver of technology and products across the portfolio breadth. And we will continue to invest in HDD, flash, and other things in a very purposeful way,' Michael Cordano tells CRN.

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On the flash side, Western Digital lost a bid to acquire Toshiba’s flash storage business to a consortium including Seagate and Apple. How does that impact WD’s investment in flash storage technology going forward?

We obviously can’t say much about that because it’s an ongoing situation. I will say, independent of that, a few things. One, we’re committed to the flash marketplace. We are fully confident that we’ll be able to pursue our strategy there. And then, relative to the [Toshiba] situation itself, the joint venture and the health of the joint venture remains our primary concern. We’re confident that we will be able to continue to basically pursue and protect that valuable JV [joint venture] and those objectives.

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