Western Digital acquires enterprise SSD maker


— 5:23 PM on December 15, 2014

Another firm specializing in enterprise solid-state storage has been acquired by Western Digital. This time, it's Skyera, which Western Digital describes as a "developer of solid-state storage systems for scale-out cloud and enterprise data centers."

The specifics of the deal are being kept under wraps, but the press release talks of an "all-cash" transaction, and it says Skyera will be "fully integrated" into HGST. (HGST, of course, has been a wholly owned Western Digital subsidiary since its acquisition in 2011.) Here's the plan once Skyera is rolled into HGST:

Skyera will augment HGST's existing solid-state storage capabilities and portfolio, and allow HGST to broaden its scope of innovation to capture new and growing opportunities in data center storage infrastructure. The acquisition brings engineering talent and intellectual property that will further strengthen HGST's technical expertise and resources.

This isn't Western Digital's first time dealing with Skyera. In March 2013, the storage giant "co-invested" in the SSD firm as part of a $51-million financing round. The press release announcing the co-investment mentioned "joint technology development" between the two companies.

This also isn't Western Digital's first time acquiring an enterprise SSD firm. It bought SiliconSystems in 2009, and it followed up with the acquisition of sTec in June 2013.

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