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The Bedford Report

February 15, 2011 11:25 ET

New Trends in Data Storage "Cloud" Industry's Future

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Brocade Communications & Western Digital

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - Earnings season was not kind to key players in the Data Storage industry following a string of disappointing quarterly reports. While muted PC Demand was detrimental to most in the sector, perhaps the bigger concern going forward is that many of the industry heavyweights simply aren't prepared for the shift to cloud computing. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Data Storage Devices Industry and provides research reports on Western Digital Corporation (NYSE: WDC) and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRCD). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

An overall shift towards cloud computing has ramped up the demand for offsite data storage centers. The rapidly growing demand for data storage has predictably brought lots of competition as well. Larger storage companies have simply found acquisitions to be a more viable way to deal with the uptick in competition.

Companies are increasingly looking cloud computing environments in order to accelerate value in business financials and reduce costs. Driven by the growth of cloud computing, cloud storage is quickly growing from a relatively small percentage of the overall IT market to a sustainable and significant opportunity.

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Western Digital said net income for the most recent quarter fell to $225 million, or 96 cents per share, from $429 million, or $1.85 a share, in the year-ago period. During its most recent earnings call, Western Digital's management said they predict that Q1 disk drive unit shipments will total 155 million, down from 168 million last quarter.

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