HGST HAS ANNOUNCED the acquisition of Belgian software-defined storage provider Amplidata.
Amplidata has been instrumental in HGST's Active Archive elastic storage solution unveiled at the company's Big Bang event last September in San Francisco.
Use of Amplidata's Himalaya distributed storage system, combined with HGST's unique Helium filled drives, creates systems that can store 10 petabytes on a single rack, designed for cold storage literally and figuratively.
Dave Tang, senior vice president and general manager of HGST's Elastic Storage Platforms Group, told The INQUIRER: "Software-defined storage solutions are essential to scale-out storage of the type we unveiled in September. The software is vital to ensuring the durability and scalability of systems."
Steve Milligan, president and chief executive of Western Digital, added: “We have had an ongoing strategic relationship with Amplidata that included investment from Western Digital Capital and subsequent joint development activity.
“Amplidata has deep technical expertise, an innovative spirit, and valuable intellectual property in this fast-growing market space.
"The acquisition will support our strategic growth initiatives and broaden the scope of opportunity for HGST in cloud data centre storage infrastructure.”
The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first quarter of the year. No financial terms were disclosed.
Amplidata will ultimately be incorporated into the HGST Elastic Storage Platforms Group, a recognition of the fact that every piece of hardware is, in part, software.
Mike Cordano, president of HGST, told The INQUIRER at last year's Big Bang event: "We laugh when we hear that we're a hardware company. People don't realise there's over a million lines of code in that drive. That's what the firmware is.
"What we're starting to do now is add software to that and, along with the speed of the PCI-e interface, that makes a much bigger value proposition." µ
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