IBM is to acquire flash memory firm Texas Memory Systems (TMS) for an undisclosed sum in order to add the Houston firm's array of solid state storage capabilities to its datacentre products.
IBM said that once it closes the deal, expected by the end of 2012, it intends to continue investing in and supporting the development of TMS's product portfolio and integrate the technology into its storage, servers, software and PureSystems tools.
Brian Truskowski, general manager for systems storage and networking at IBM, said the technology would help the firm meet the requirements of customers who need increased storage space at lower costs.
"The TMS strategy and solution set align well with our Smarter Computing approach to information technology by helping clients realise increased performance and efficiencies at lower costs," he said.
"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."
TMS employs roughly 100 people and its chief executive, Holly Frost, said the deal should have a huge impact on the firm's ability to create new technologies required by businesses.
"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," she said.
"With the global reach of IBM, we expect to grow the engineering staff and product lines much faster than we could before."
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