Tuesday, 10 November 2015 17:43

Western Digital, Unisplendour tackle China market together


Storage solutions vendor Western Digital has formed a joint venture with IT services and solutions group Unisplendor (Unis) to sell its current data centre storage systems in China and to develop future solutions for the Chinese market.

Under the agreement just announced, the joint venture – to be based in China - will be owned 51% by Unis and its subsidiary, Unissoft (Wuxi) Group, and 49% by the California-based Western Digital.

Western Digital says the partnership will combine the China-based Unis’ knowledge of the Chinese market with its own storage solutions portfolio.

The transaction has been approved by the boards of each company, and the joint venture is expected to become operational by the second calendar quarter of 2016, pending regulatory approvals.

“China is a fast-growing enterprise IT market. This joint venture is a useful opportunity to offer our solutions in this dynamic market while working with a company which provides key insights into China,” said Western Digital Chief Executive Officer Steve Milligan.

“With Unis’ experience, together we can offer a portfolio of storage solutions that is tailored to the needs of China-based customers. We also look forward to maintaining strong relationships with our existing partners in China.”

Weiguo Zhao, Chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup and Unisplendour Corporation said the company was “excited to offer our knowledge of the Chinese IT space in order to bring Western Digital’s portfolio of storage solutions to market.

“Our track-record of working with global technology companies has positioned us well as Western Digital’s partner in this endeavour, and we look forward to capturing the attractive growth opportunity in China together.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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