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SANavigator is introduced to focus exclusively on the storage area network
management software market

Western Digital Corporation has formed a new company from its Connex
subsidiary to focus exclusively on the storage area network (SAN)
software market. The new company, SANavigator Inc., develops and markets
SAN management software tools.

“The SAN market is evolving rapidly as corporate storage networks grow
increasingly complex - an environment that the SANavigator™ software is
designed to simplify,” Matt Massengill, Western Digital president and
executive officer, said. “The SANavigator software operations will best
execute its development and marketing strategies as an independent
Ultimately, an agile, cohesive and focused SANavigator company will add
greater value to shareholders.”

Operating as a separate company, SANavigator Inc. will continue to
aggressively develop its storage management software based on its existing
SANavigator architecture, pursue strategic partnerships and market the
SANavigator software product through specific sales channels. It expects
incrementally grow its personnel base to appropriately penetrate the

“The SANavigator product has received wide industry attention since
introduction and is progressing quickly with the recent release of version
1.5, and the Company is driving beyond the technology incubation stage,”
said Connex president and chief operating officer Michael Williams. “As a
separate organization it can more vigorously extend industry alliances,
equity partners and execute marketing strategies.”

Robert Wright, who headed the development of the SANavigator product
Connex as vice president, software engineering, will manage SANavigator
as president and chief operating officer. The entire SANavigator product
team will become part of the new company.

According to industry analyst firm Gartner Group, the storage
management software business was $4.2 billion in 1999 and is expected to
grow to $14.7 billion by 2004.

“Creating a new company that concentrates on SAN management software
an appropriate strategic move by Western Digital,” said Michael Peterson,
President, Strategic Research Corporation. “By giving SANavigator the
ability to focus exclusively on specific markets, customer requirements
sales channels, they are creating a better framework for its success.”

The SANavigator product is a simple, safe and scalable SAN management
tool that eliminates the complexity and vendor-specific limitations of
existing SAN management products. With SANavigator, IT professionals can
remotely monitor and manage SAN installations from anywhere in the world
the Internet using an intuitive Java-based console.

Western Digital’s network attached storage (NAS) subsidiary, Connex,
will continue producing its line of high-performance, multi-protocol NAS
systems and software under the leadership of Williams.

About Western Digital

Western Digital, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time
leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that
collect, manage and use digital information. Our core business, Hard Drive
Solutions, produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep
data close-at-hand and secure from loss.

Applying its data storage core competencies to emerging markets, Western
Digital’s new ventures meet the increasing demand for innovative
management solutions arising from the proliferation of the Internet and
broadband services. Keen Personal Media provides interactive personal
recorder and set-top box software, services and hardware for broadband
television content management and commerce. Connex designs Network
Storage products that enable IT managers to quickly expand network

SANavigator Inc. develops and markets software that simplifies the central
management of Storage Area Networks. SageTree is a software company
providing enterprise manufacturing and supply chain analytic applications.
Western Digital was founded in 1970. The Company's storage products
marketed to leading systems manufacturers and selected resellers under the
Western Digital brand name. Visit the investor section of our Web site
( to access a variety of financial and investor

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to
growth of the SAN market and future operations and strategies of
SANavigator, Inc. The forward-looking statements are based on current
management expectations, and actual results may differ materially as a
result of several factors, including: overall demand for and growth of
enterprise storage; market reception of SANavigator, future product
development; and other factors discussed in Western Digital's recent SEC
filings. Western Digital undertakes no obligation to update
statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of
such statements.

Editorial Contacts:

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Western Digital Europe

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