Architecting storage systems for third platform datacenters

Wim De Wispelaere, Western Digital


The shift of the datacenter world to third platform has drastically changed the architecture and requirements for cloud scale datacenter compute and storage infrastructure. WD-HGST supports this transformation and leverages its vertical integration potential to address these new architecture requirements.


Wim De Wispelaere is VP Advanced Development at Western Digital. In this role, Wim is responsible for long term technology research and innovation projects for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit. Wim came to HGST through the acquisition of Amplidata. Wim founded Amplidata in 2008 with a couple of university friends. Amplidata invented and developed the scale-up and scale-out object storage software, which is now at the core of the HGST Active Archive product. At Amplidata Wim has been CEO and managed the product strategy as CTO.

Prior to Amplidata, Wim was Director of Product Management and Technical Sales at Data Center Technolgies (DCT), a start-up company that has been acquired in 2005 by Veritas (later Symantec). The data deduplication technology that DCT developed, was then integrated in Veritas Netbackup PureDisk and Backup Exec. At Veritas, Wim was Director of Product Management responsible for the introduction of deduplication and other disk backup technologies.

Prior, Wim worked in the Telco data access space; as Technical Product Manager at Phillips Professional Systems, selling X25, Frame Relay and ATM equipment, and at Alcatel responsible for the introduction and launch of ADSL high speed internet access technology at Belgacom, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, KPN, BT and others.

Wim has a Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Ghent university in Belgium.