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Micron buys storage virtualization startup

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By eeNews Europe

Micron (Boise, Idaho) said the acquisition would strengthen its enterprise storage portfolio by allowing it to pair its solid state drives (SSDs) with Virtensys’ PCIe virtualization technology, enabling data centers to share local storage across multiple servers.

"Virtensys’ PCIe-sharing technology has helped change the way data center operators manage and deploy their virtualized I/O resources, and Micron’s enterprise PCIe drive delivers market-leading speed, reliability and power efficiency," said Edward Doller, Micron vice president and chief memory systems architect, in a statement. "This agreement would enable a combination of enterprise technology solutions that have the opportunity to virtualize SSD storage on the path to a more flexible and dynamic data center."

Virtensys founded in 2005, rolled out aggregation switches that virtualize server I/O in hardware in 2009. The company’s systems aim to lower cost and power consumption and ease management compared to traditional servers and aggregation switches.

The transaction is subject to closing conditions and is currently anticipated to close by the end of the month, Micron said. Specific terms of the proposed agreement are confidential, the company said.


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