Samsung acquires US SSD software company Proximal Data

Samsung Electronics has acquired US-based SSD caching software maker Proximal Data, reports ZDNet Korea's Cho Mu-hyun.

Proximal Data is joining Samsung for an undisclosed amount.

The deal follows the Korean tech giant's acquisition of NVELO, which specializes in caching software for PCs, back in 2012. As Proximal Data specializes in those for servers, Samsung is likely pushing a two-track plan to expand the solid-state drive (SSD) ecosystem that uses its own 3D V-NANDs, both in the consumer and enterprise sectors.

Samsung has been increasing investments in all-flash storage companies in recent years to create demand for its NAND flashes.

Last month, it began mass production of the world's first triple-level cell (TLC) V-NAND, which stacks 32 cells vertically and increases storage capacity 1.5 times more than multi-level cell (TLC) V-NANDs that Samsung pioneered.

Proximal Data specializes in core software for virtual servers that increase storage competence, Samsung said. It received the Best of Show award at 2012's Flash Memory Summit for its AutoCache software.

"By securing Proximal Data's core technology, we now have the opportunity to expand our SSD business for datacenters and server even further, and provide our customers with the best SSD solution in the market," said a Samsung spokesman.


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