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IBM buys flash storage vendor Texas Memory Systems

Hard drive inventor looks to flash
Thu Aug 16 2012, 14:53

STORAGE VENDOR Texas Memory Systems will be bought by IBM.

Texas Memory Systems (TMS) has been selling flash memory based storage systems for the best part of three decades for use as cache arrays in database servers. IBM announced today that it will buy Texas Memory Systems for an undisclosed sum.

IBM, which invented the hard drive, has been looking to increase the performance of its storage products. The firm said the technology acquired from Texas Memory Systems will be used as part of its Smarter Storage products.

Brian Truskowski, GM of Systems Storage and Networking at IBM said, "The TMS [Texas Memory Systems] strategy and solution set align well with our Smarter Computing approach to information technology by helping clients realize increased performance and efficiencies at lower costs. Solid state technology, in particular, is a critical component of our new Smarter Storage approach to the design and deployment of storage infrastructures, and part of a holistic approach that exploits flash in conjunction with disk and tape technologies to solve complex problems."

Storage vendors such as EMC and Netapp talk about storage hierarchies, where traditional hard drives are supplemented with flash based solid state storage to provide performance under certain workloads. Texas Memory Systems was one of the first to offer PCI-Express based flash products that are now increasingly common in storage servers and storage area networks.

IBM did not disclose how much it agreed to pay for Texas Memory Systems but said the deal is expected to close by the end of the year. µ


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