From X-bit Labs: IBM has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a leading developer of high-performance flash memory solutions. Analysts believe that IBM’s Texas Memory Systems buy indicates flash storage will play a prominent role in meeting customer demand for efficient and effective data centers.
TMS, which was founded in 1978, designs and sells high-performance solid state storage solutions. Texas Memory Systems offers its solid state solutions based on NAND flash and RAM memory as the RamSan family of shared rackmount systems and PCI Express cards. The products are designed to help companies improve performance and reduce server sprawl, power consumption, cooling, and floor space requirements, all of which in turn can help clients save money, improve performance and invest more in innovation.
“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,” said Brian Truskowski, general manager of systems storage and networking at IBM.
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 will gain a significant flash storage technical boost with TMS and integrate the technologies across its hardware and software portfolios to further solidify IBM’s reduced TCO, high-ROI messages with faster performance, greater efficiency and improved reliability. 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," said Krista Macomber, an analyst of computing and storage practice at Technology Business Research.
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