EMC acquires Flash startup DSSD

EMC takes out stealth startup DSSD and plans to operate the Flash systems company as a standalone unit.

EMC said Monday that it has acquired DSSD, a stealth Flash storage system provider.

DSSD has developed a rack scale storage tier and has an architecture that EMC plans to plug into its product portfolio aimed at big data applications.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter, weren't disclosed. DSSD CEO Bill Moore, who formerly was Sun Microsystems’ chief storage engineer and first employee at 3Par, will continue to lead the company within EMC. DSSD Chairman Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and early Google investor, will remain as an advisor.

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EMC has a history of integrating acquisitions well. DSSD is expected to be a standalone operation within EMCs emerging technologies unit.

DSSD raised its Series A round a little more than a year ago and EMC was a strategic investor and development partner. DSSD's Flash storage systems will be available in 2015 and aimed at in-memory databases, analytics and high-performance applications.

EMC already has a large Flash system footprint courtesy of its XtremIO product line. The company has also integrated Flash into its other systems.