WD® and Baidu Partner on Cloud Service Integration

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Leaders in Storage and Web Services Team to Provide Chinese Consumers a Hybrid Cloud Experience


IRVINE, Calif. and Beijing – Dec. 3, 2013 – WD®, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC) and world leader in digital storage solutions, and Baidu, China’s largest search engine, have agreed to integrate Baidu Yun public cloud storage services with WD’s personal cloud and external storage platforms  to provide Chinese consumers a compelling, hybrid digital storage solution.

WD’s My Cloud personal cloud drives, available now in China in capacities of 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB, enable consumers to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device and from anywhere in the world. WD’s My Cloud™ EX4 high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution, available now in China in 0 TB, 8 TB, 12 TB or 16 TB1 capacities, provides creative professionals, prosumers and workgroups a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data. The Baidu Yun service is a leading public cloud storage service provider with more than 100 million users. Consumers and businesses store content on Baidu Yun for easy access and sharing from any computer or mobile device.

The collaboration between WD and Baidu will enable Chinese customers to manage their Baidu Yun account and easily transfer files between their My Cloud or My Cloud EX4 device and Baidu Yun using WD’s My Cloud mobile apps for iOS and Android operating systems. Baidu and WD customers will also be able to back up their local content to Baidu Yun, as well as backup their Baidu Yun account to their local storage using WD SmartWare™ Pro software.

“The growth of Baidu and its public cloud storage and services in China has been spectacular; it’s a pleasure to collaborate with them,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president, Branded Products and worldwide sales. ”The integration of Baidu Yun with our personal cloud and external storage platforms gives our mutual customers the best of all worlds – the ability to keep content safe at home, while backing  up and sharing with friends on Baidu Yun.”

“Baidu aims to provide the best way for people to access their valuable content, regardless of their location,” said Hou Zhenyu, chief architect of Baidu Yun. “WD is a leader in high-capacity local storage, and integrating our public cloud storage service with WD’s platform gives our customers a compelling hybrid cloud storage solution – the best of both public cloud storage and personal cloud storage.”

About WD

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wd.com.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its subsidiaries design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD®, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

About Baidu

Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find whatever they're looking for. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU." Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.

1 System is shipped in RAID 5 configuration, which leaves three quarters of the system capacity available for data storage. System is configurable to RAID 0, JBOD or spanned, which leaves all system capacity available for data storage. Up to 0.1TB may be reserved for non-user accessible storage.

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