Western Digital

Western Digital is one of the world's largest hard drive manufacturers. It is a company with strong values and a passion to innovate and lead the charge in the transformation of data.

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Western Digital & i3D.net

i3D.net is an international managed hosting and cloud service provider based in Rotterdam. The company was founded in 2004 and now operates more than 10,000 servers in 25 points of presence (PoPs) on six different continents. i3D.net had been using hard drives from various suppliers, as Rick Sloot, COO at i3D.net, describes: “We were busy growing and we had never really taken a close look at the failure rates of the multiple suppliers we used.” In its search for an alternative supplier, i3D.net began to audit its existing drives. Rick describes what his team discovered: “We realized that, compared to other suppliers, the Westenr Digital drives were performing better.” As a result of the superior product and superior service i3D.net received from Western Digital, it took the decision to swap to Western Digital drives and, since 2012, i3D.net has standardized almost completely on WD drives.

When you are running over 10,000 servers, a 5% failure rate is equal to 1,250 failed hard disks annually. We know that all drives have a failure rate, but our Western Digital drives perform much better than this. They have an average annual failure rate that is way lower than our previous experience and is significantly lower than our minimum standard of 1%. With the amount of servers that i3D.net is running simultaneously, the annualized failure rate has an important impact on its overall reliability.”

Rick Sloot - COO at i3D.net

Western Digital fulfills orders quickly

Another aspect of Western Digital’s service has impressed the i3D.net team, as Rick explains: “Western Digital fulfills our orders quickly and these rapid delivery times help us to respond quickly to our customers. We know that we will be able to build to our customers’ specifications without suppliers holding us back – even for customers with largescale requirements.” For i3D.net, it is important that Western Digital’s helpful and responsive sales and customer service operations are matched by Western Digital’s technical innovation.

i3D.net & Western Digital case study

Western Digital and i3D.net have written a case study on the Western Digital drives i3D.net uses in their data centers. This case study can be viewed by downloading it here.

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