Seagate Technology PLC was founded in 1979. The Company is a provider of electronic data storage solutions. Its products include hard disk drives, commonly referred to as disk drives, hard drives or HDDs. Hard disk drives are devices that store digitally encoded data on rapidly rotating disks with magnetic surfaces. It produces a range of electronic data storage products addressing enterprise applications, where its products are designed for enterprise servers, mainframes and workstations; client compute applications, where its products are designed for desktop and notebook computers; and client non-compute applications, where its products are designed for a variety of end user devices such as digital video recorders (DVRs), gaming consoles, personal data backup systems, portable external storage systems and digital media systems. It also provides data storage services for small- to medium-sized businesses, including online backup, data protection and recovery solutions. The Company competes with companies in the electronic data storage industry that provide alternative storage solutions, such as flash memory and SSDs. The Company's operations are subject to U.S. and foreign laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment, including those governing discharges of pollutants into the air and water, the management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes and the cleanup of contaminated sites.