Sandisk eyes enterprise SSDs with Pliant buy

The company will acquire Pliant Technology in a $327m deal as it looks to carve out a place in the enterprise SSD market

SanDisk has announced it is to buy Pliant Technology, which sells enterprise-level solid-state drives.

Pliant uses multi-level cell Nand Flash, which is cheaper and may bolster enterprise adoption of the storage format. The enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) market is expected to hit $4.2bn (£2.6bn) in 2015, up from $994m in 2010. SanDisk has acquired Pliant for $327m. 

SanDisk historically has been known for its flash memory cards and MP3 players, but that is changing as the company moves upmarket to business storage gear. Although SSDs do not dominate enterprise datacentres, the storage technology is being increasingly used for so-called 'hot data', or information that needs to be analysed quickly.

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