One of First Distribution’s latest vendors Whiptail has been bought by networking giant Cisco for $415 million, in order to incorporate the company’s solid state drive (SSD) storage technology into its Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy to improve application performance.
Flash storage seems to also be the latest industry buzzword. The move comes on the back of a recent spate of developments around flash storage in the industry – in the last two years alone, EMC has bought XtremeIO and ScaleIO, IBM acquired Texas Memory Systems and VMware bought Nicira.
Analysts are speculating too about the possible stresses that this acquisition has placed on the relationship between Cisco and EMC, on whom it relies for many of its enterprise storage solutions.
“As we continue to innovate our unified platform, Whiptail will help realize our vision of scalable persistent memory which is integrated into the server, available as a fabric resource and managed as a globally shared pool,” said Paul Perez, Cisco VP and CTO, of the transaction.
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