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IBM to buy Texas Memory Systems

Deal will increase IBM's solid state storage expertise and product range

IBM to buy Texas Memory Systems
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

IBM is set to buy flash memory solution provider Texas Memory Systems (TMS), to build its solid state storage offerings.

TMS designs and sells high-performance solid state storage solutions, in the RamSan family of shared rackmount system, and Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) cards.

The deal is set to close later this year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Demand for solid state storage solutions, which can improve performance and reduce server sprawl, power consumption, cooling, and floor space requirements, is expected to reach nearly 3 exabytes by 2016, according to IDC.

Brian Truskowski, general manager, Systems Storage and Networking, IBM, commented: "The TMS 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."

Following acquisition close, IBM plans to invest in and support the TMS product portfolio, and will look to integrate over time TMS technologies into a variety of solutions including storage, servers, software, and PureSystems offerings.

"IBM understands the positive and dramatic impact that solid state technology can have on storage and server infrastructures, and once the acquisition is complete we look forward to advancing the technology even further. With the global reach of IBM, we expect to grow the engineering staff and product lines much faster than we could before," said Holly Frost, founder and CEO of TMS.

Krista Macomber, Computing and Storage Practice Analyst at TBR commented: "Flash storage technologies are maturing and becoming more prominent in customers' data centres - leading to market consolidation as major data centre vendors, including EMC with its May 2012 XtremIO buy and now IBM with its purchase of TMS.

"IBM will gain a significant flash storage technical boost with TMS. Most significantly, IBM will integrate the technology into its PureFlex and PureApplications offerings for truly end-to-end systems differentiated in part by integrated flash technologies to better manage and derive greater business insight from data.

"Integration of TMS into the broader IBM fabric will help to accelerate Flash storage innovation, as IBM's expansive scale will enable more engineering resources to be devoted to the TMS portfolio. Furthermore, IBM's global reach and integration into larger solutions such as PureSystems will help to broaden the addressable customer base of the TMS portfolio - indicating to TBR that flash storage will play an important role in enabling efficient and effective data centres globally in the quarters and years to come," she added.

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