IBM Acquires Solid State Storage Maker for Undisclosed Sum

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News Posted: Thu, Aug 16 2012 12:57 PM
IBM has a long history in serving up storage solutions, and will continue to add to it by entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a company that develops high-performance solid state storage solutions.

"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," said Brian Truskowski, general manager, Systems Storage and Networking, IBM. "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."

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What you can extract from that is IBM isn't likely to use this acquisition to serve the home consumer market. The company it's acquiring specializes in rackmount, PCIe, and digital signage storage solutions as part of its RamSan family. Over time, IBM says it will integrate TMS technologies into a variety of its own solutions, including storage, servers, software, and PureSystems offerings.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Erakith replied on Thu, Aug 16 2012 4:29 PM

Ooooh that's interesting.. That could shape up to be quite the powerful partnership.

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And also might lower ssd prices even more

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InsideSin replied on Fri, Aug 17 2012 2:09 AM

Possibly, but they all seem to stick with the same business model.

"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."

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fat78 replied on Fri, Aug 17 2012 6:21 AM

The prices for ssds are already in free fall, went from $2 a GB to under $1 a GB in just about a year and a half. New egg has a nice deal for a 240gb drive for 180.

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