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Western Digital Capital is a strategic investment fund targeting innovative companies within the broader storage industry and related markets aligned to Western Digital's strategic plan. 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 companies design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands.
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May 21, 2021
Additional strategic investments will fuel data center and new market expansion BOSTON, Mass., May 20, 2021-- Wasabi, the hot cloud storage company, today announced $25 million in additional funding led by Prosperity7 Ventures, the diversified growth fund of Aramco Ventures. Western Digital Capital, the investment arm of storage device manufacturer Western Digital, also participated in the round. This round is an extension of Wasabis Series C financing announced in April, expanding the total funding raised for the round to $137 million and the companys total equity financing to $244 million. This latest round of funding comes as Wasabi reported 3x year-over-year growth, reaching 23,000 customers worldwide and over 5,000 Channel Partners and 350 Technology Alliance Partners. The additional capital will be used to further accelerate Wasabis worldwide roll-out of data centers and to grow the companys distribution channels and partner network while continuing to build a team to support this rapid expansion. I am delighted to have these two new strategic investors, said Wasabi CEO & Co-Founder, David Friend. We have been using Western Digital disk drives since the founding of the company. Their investment in Wasabi reflects the fact that data storage in the cloud is accelerating and that there is a growing interdependence between our companies. As for Aramco, we see the energy sector as a huge potential market for cloud storage and to have the VC Fund of the worlds largest energy company invest in Wasabi couldnt be timelier. We are also interested in the Middle East as a potential market in general. Wasabis low-cost, high-performance cloud storage is enabling companies to cut their data storage costs by 75% or more. Data-intensive industries, such as energy and exploration, are making extensive use of AI to extract value from their data. But the cost of storing large amounts can make some of these AI-based applications difficult to justify. Reducing the cost of cloud data storage by 75% or more changes the equation and facilitates more rapid development of data-rich AI applications. Companies like Aramco are sitting on mountains of exploration and operational data. Energy, medical imaging and diagnostics, genomics, surveillance and finance are among many industries that are profiting from the use of AI. The thing to remember, however, is that the value of AI is completely dependent on having a rich source of data. Thats why a company like Wasabi is a natural fit with a company like Aramco, continued Friend. Wasabi changes the economics of data storage, said Aysar Tayeb, Executive Managing Director of Prosperity7 Ventures. There is undisputed massive growth of data generated from almost everything we do, and this will intensify with more 5G, smart cities, IoT, and many other applications. Bringing a solution to the market that offers a significantly lower-cost storage option, at scale, is a timely necessity. We are excited about the value proposition of Wasabi and are pleased to support its vision to store as much of the worlds data as possible. IDC forecasts that the public cloud IaaS market will grow more than 30% annually in 2021, as enterprises move toward post-pandemic recovery and operation; while also prioritizing strategic goals around digital transformation and IT modernization, said Andrew Smith, Research Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Services for IDC. This growth of the cloud infrastructure market is pervasive across all geographies, including EMEA, where we forecast the market will expand at a 28% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next four years. In the future, most of the worlds data will live in the cloud, said Daniel Flynn, President and Treasurer, Western Digital Capital. Weve partnered and invested with Wasabi because its mission to store data in the cloud aligns with our strategy to partner with cloud customers to provide the foundational technologies underpinning the global data infrastructure. We are excited to help fuel continued growth and global data center build-out as Wasabi revolutionizes the cloud market. Wasabis storage is 1/5th the cost and faster than the competition with no fees for egress or API requests. For those currently using a private cloud, the availability of a public cloud through Wasabi extends data resources for greater overall capacity without the hefty price tag. For more information on Wasabis hot cloud storage, please visit Wasabi.com. About Wasabi Wasabi provides simple, predictable and affordable hot cloud storage for businesses all over the world. It enables organizations to store and instantly access an infinite amount of data at 1/5th the price of the competition with no complex tiers or unpredictable egress fees. Trusted by tens of thousands of customers worldwide, Wasabi has been recognized as one of technologys fastest-growing and most visionary companies. Created by Carbonite co-founders and cloud storage pioneers David Friend and Jeff Flowers, Wasabi has secured nearly $275 million in funding to date and is a privately held company based in Boston. Follow and connect with Wasabi on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our blog. About Prosperity7 Ventures Prosperity7 Ventures is the diversified growth fund of Aramco Ventures, a subsidiary of Aramco, the world's leading integrated energy and chemicals company. The fund's name derives from 'Prosperity Well', the 7th oil well drilled in Saudi Arabia and the first to strike oil. Taking forward this pioneering history, we invest globally, with a long term-view, in breakthrough technologies and transformational business models that will bring prosperity and positive impact on a vast scale. www.P7VC.com