Western Digital / HGST Announces Acquisition of Enterprise All-Flash System Developer Skyera

HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies), a division of Western Digital Corp., is announcing that it has completed an all-cash acquisition of Skyera, a leading developer of all-flash enterprise storage systems for data centers and scale-out cloud applications. Skyera will be fully integrated into HGST, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WD. The Skyera acquisition enhances HGST’s existing portfolio and capabilities in solid-state storage, and gives them the ability to take advantage of the rapidly growing enterprise flash storage market. The acquisition also provides HGST with intellectual property and engineering talent that further strengthens their resources and technical expertise.

Skyera 1u rack unitAccording to Steve Milligan, Western Digital’s president and chief executive officer, “Western Digital has established a leadership position in the fastest growing areas of the storage industry. The Skyera acquisition supports our strategic growth objectives and plans to deliver long-term value to customers, shareholders and employees.”

Skyera-Logo-hi-res-600HGST offers the broadest portfolio of storage solutions in the industry, and they are enabling partners and customers to build next-generation IT infrastructures. Whether it be Tier-0 workloads or long-term storage and active archiving, HGST’s data center storage solutions help customers manage their enormous volumes, velocities and varieties of data, resulting in better reliability and efficiency throughout their data’s lifecycle. HGST’s tight integration of hardware and software enables development of innovative products to meet the needs of cloud service providers and other enterprise users and their ever-evolving requirements.

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Mike Cordano, president of HGST, observes that “Western Digital and Skyera have had a long-term strategic partnership. By combining Skyera’s innovative flash platform with HGST’s leading solid-state storage solutions and flash virtualization software we plan to provide breakthrough value and capabilities to help customers transform their cloud and enterprise data center infrastructure. Flash solutions represent a large, exciting growth area for HGST and uniquely complement our existing portfolio.”

HGST logo darkSpecific terms of the acquisition were not provided. You can view the Western Digital press release announcing the Skyera acquisition in its entirety here.

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