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IBM and Pure Storage sign patent licensing accord

Pure Storage buys 100 IBM patents and licenses them back
Fri Jun 20 2014, 12:45
Pure Storage FlashArray 400 storage array

BIG BLUE AND PURE STORAGE have announced a joint patent licensing deal across the two companies after the enterprise storage firm agreed to buy a raft of patents from IBM.

The deal sees Pure Storage purchasing over 100 IBM patents related to storage, which will then be licensed back. No details about the financials of the deal were disclosed.

"This agreement with Pure Storage demonstrates the value of IBM's patented inventions and our dedication to encouraging innovation by licensing access to our extensive patent portfolio. IBM's extensive R&D investment and the industry's largest storage array patent portfolio are key drivers behind our flash storage leadership," said IBM GM of intellectual property Dr William LaFontaine.

The Mountain View, California-based enterprise startup's flagship product is Flash Array, which provides accelerator hardware to speed up I/O operations throughput in data centres.

"This transaction significantly increases the number of Pure Storage's patents, creating a more robust and strategic patent portfolio that will allow our customers to benefit even more from our focus on advancing storage innovation," added Pure Storage VP of legal affairs Joe FitzGerald.

The market for flash storage in the enterprise sector has seen rapid growth in recent months in terms of both technology and demand.

In May, Sandisk created the world's first 4TB SSD for use in data centres, while earlier this week it snapped up Fusion I/O, a company sharing a market niche with Pure Storage, and offering flash storage at "actual size" rather than conforming to traditional form factors. µ


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