Western Digital announced the acquisition of Skyera, a firm that specialises in solid state storage solutions for scale-out cloud and enterprise data centers. This marks WD's third acquisition in the enterprise SSD market, they SiliconSystems in 2009 and sTec in 2013. The HDD maker says Skyera will be integrated into its HGST division (which in turn was bought in 2011 from Hitachi).
Western Digital® Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) and HGST announced today that HGST has completed an all-cash acquisition of Skyera, a developer of solid-state storage systems for scale-out cloud and enterprise data centers. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Skyera will be fully integrated into HGST, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corp. Skyera will augment HGST’s existing solid-state storage capabilities and portfolio, and allow HGST to broaden its scope of innovation to capture new and growing opportunities in data center storage infrastructure. The acquisition brings engineering talent and intellectual property that will further strengthen HGST’s technical expertise and resources.
“Western Digital has established a leadership position in the fastest growing areas of the storage industry,” said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer, Western Digital. “The Skyera acquisition supports our strategic growth objectives and plans to deliver long-term value to customers, shareholders and employees.”
With the broadest storage solutions portfolio in the industry, HGST is helping customers and partners build tomorrow’s IT infrastructures today. From Tier 0 workloads to long-term storage and active archive, HGST’s data center storage solutions help manage the enormous volume, velocity and variety of data, giving customers better efficiency and reliability for managing data through its lifecycle. HGST is developing innovative products that address the rapidly evolving needs of cloud service providers and enterprises through the tight integration of advanced software and hardware. HGST’s unique innovations create more adaptive and efficient IT infrastructures that help organizations better manage data across its lifecycle to extract greater value from the information it holds.
"Western Digital and Skyera have had a long-term strategic partnership. By combining Skyera's innovative flash platform with HGST's leading solid-state storage solutions and flash virtualization software we plan to provide breakthrough value and capabilities to help customers transform their cloud and enterprise data center infrastructure," said Mike Cordano, president of HGST. "Flash solutions represent a large, exciting growth area for HGST and uniquely complement our existing portfolio."