We live in an era where we’re drowning in data, generating petabytes per day. Those numbers get even more staggering when you consider that we're on one heck of a hockey-stick curve—roughly 90% of all data worldwide was created in the just the past two years. These factoids come to you courtesy of IBM, which made a move a couple of days ago to address the memory issue by snapping up Houston-based storage veteran Texas Memory Systems Inc. (TMS).
TMS produces enterprise-grade PCIe-based solid-state disks (SSDs) and ASIC-based DSPs. The buy makes sense for Big Blue, which has increasingly focused on delivering integrated solutions like its PureSystems offerings that include the entire hardware and software package, pre-configured and pre-integrated. Having an in-house source fits with the company's longstanding tradition of self sufficiency.
The deal also provides benefit to TMS, which now has a deep-pockets investor. “With the global reach of IBM, we expect to grow the engineering staff and product lines much faster than we could before,” said TMS CEO and founder Holly Frost.
It's unclear to what degree TMS will operate as an independent entity in the market. The storage solution included in PureSystems, for example, offers eMLC as an option. Depending on the volumes involved, IBM may eventually have no choice but to keep all of the TMS inventory for itself.
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