IBM has completed its acquisition of flash memory firm Texas Memory Systems (TMS), as it looks to expand its storage options.
The deal, first announced in August, will see IBM integrate TMS' technology in to its system and technology group, helping customers meet their burgeoning storage requirements without running out of space or power.
“Flash technology is a game changer for our clients and IBM is committed to delivering industry-leading flash-optimised capabilities as a cornerstone of our Smarter Storage strategy," said Brian Truskowski, general manager, IBM System Storage and Networking
TMS has around 100 staff and has more than 30 years' experience in developing solid state technologies, including its RamSan PCIe flash storage systems.
Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.
To date, enterprise take up of solid-state systems for storage has been somewhat patchy, with many firms reluctant to shell out for the high-priced option.
But with storage giant EMC pushing in to the market, and Fusion-io starting to generate momentum, IBM may have felt it needed to extend its capabilities.
EMC launched its VF Flash "Lightning" PCIe-based server card earlier this year.
Some market watchers have predicted that IBM's acquisition of TMS may increase the likelihood of Fusion-io being acquired, with HP rumoured to be interested.
Clive Longbottom of analyst firm Quocirca touched on this when he told V3 that the move by IBM was probably defensive in part, to stop rivals acquiring the capabilities and knowhow TMS owns.
"By netting TMS, IBM gets a top end manufacturer of enterprise flash storage systems, along with a lot of patents and knowledge around tier 0 systems, such as PCI-X SSD systems," he explained.
"This will give it the capabilities for ensuring that its modular systems have the best possible performance from its memory and storage - and leaves HP, Dell and others having to source from other vendors who could be sucked up at any time."
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