Storage specialist OCZ Technology Group is looking to add to its enterprise line by buying and integrating flash caching and virtualisation software from SANRAD.
The buy, announced on Monday, sees OCZ snap up privately held and Tel Aviv, Israel-headquartered SANRAD for $15m (£9.7m) in OCZ stock. SANRAD's VXL technology lets companies dynamically cache data and virtual machines on flash storage.
"This transaction is an important step in OCZ's enterprise solid state drive strategy," Ryan Petersen, the chief executive of OCZ, said in a statement.
San Jose-based OCZ expects the deal will let its customers put more virtual machines on a server, lowering basic infrastructure costs.
SANRAD's technology is compatible with the major server virtualisation platforms — VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix Xen. SCSI connectivity assures that the VXL technology supports Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris and Linux.
Competition with Fusion-io
The purchase comes a few days after OCZ and Marvell announced their jointly developed PCIe-linked flash card, the Z-Drive R5, which sees them compete with PCIe-flash specialist Fusion-io.
The drive "should be a really competitive alternative to Fusion-io's ioDrive2", a marketing representative for OCZ told ZDNet UK on Twitter.
Now OCZ has technology for caching data and virtual machines onto PCIe-linked flash cards, along with the hardware to run this software on. Fusion-io has similar technology thanks to its acquisition and integration of software from IO Turbine, though Fusion-io already has put the software into its products compared with OCZ, which still needs to combine the two together.