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Western Digital invests $51m in SSD vendor Skyera

Slowly diversifying from hard disk drives
Wed Mar 13 2013, 14:20
Western Digital 4TB enterprise hard drive

STORAGE VENDOR Western Digital has invested $51m in solid state disk (SSD) storage vendor Skyera, with the two firms set to collaborate on developing products.

Western Digital has been gingerly diversifying towards SSDs despite trying to wring out every last penny of profit from its traditional hard disk drive business. The firm continued its enterprise SSD migration by investing $51m into Skyera, a storage vendor that flogs SSD storage products.

According to Skyera, Western Digital's investment is an "extension of the strategic relationship" between the two firms and part of that relationship includes joint technology development. Western Digital had already funded Skyera in its initial round of financing.

Skyera CEO Radoslav Danilak said, "The backing of Western Digital has enabled us to ramp our business across marketing, sales and engineering which has been instrumental in creating the industry's most innovative solid-state solution.

"With our Skyawk family of enterprise solid-state storage systems we are witnessing the next era of solid-state storage and I strongly believe that having a close working relationship with Western Digital, the world's top disk drive vendor, is invaluable as we set out to reshape the storage landscape."

Skyera's storage products use NAND flash chips fabbed on the present generation 19nm/20nm process node and include both the hardware and its SEOS operating system that is specifically designed for SSD storage.

Western Digital's interest in Skyera comes from its ability to both sell its own enterprise SSDs and track how enterprises are using SSDs instead of Western Digital's own hard disk drives. µ


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