Western Digital acquires Skyera, eyes solid state storage deployments

With the move to buy Skyera, Western Digital is looking to beef up its HGST unit's solid state storage knowhow as flash storage becomes common.

Western Digital's purchase of Skyera provides another piece of evidence that the storage giants are increasingly chasing data center dollars as they move to cloud architectures and solid state drives.

The company, and its HGST enterprise storage division, said on Monday that it completed an all cash deal for Skyera, which develops solid state storage systems for data centers. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. If the deal sounds familiar that's because SanDisk made a similar move when it acquired Fusion-io.

Western Digital said that Skyera will beef up HGST's solid-state storage product lineup. Western Digital bought its way into the enterprise storage game with HGST, which used to be Hitachi's unit.

As for the rationale behind the deal, Western Digital said Skyera will "broaden its scope of innovation" and allow it to capture more data center spending. In addition to the cloud, analytics and big data workloads are also driving solid state storage deployments. Skyera will also bring talent to HGST.

Western Digital's HGST is one of the big dogs in enterprise storage along with the likes of EMC, IBM, NetApp and others. But the move to solid-state storage has opened the door to upstarts such as Pure Storage and traditionally consumer vendors such as SanDisk, which is moving up the storage stack.


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