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Flash array vendor Violin buys NAS caching vendor Gear6

Gear6 buyout is strategic to Violin's entering data center NAS space

June 16, 2010 03:29 PM ET

Computerworld - Flash memory array maker Violin Memory today announced it has purchased the technology assets of high-end NAS vendor Gear6, whose DRAM and flash memory-based appliances improve the scalability of Web applications and content.

The announcement comes off the heels of Violin's recent Violin 3000 Series launch, multimillion dollar funding round and strategic supply relationship with Toshiba, cementing the company's position as a leader in the new flash memory array market.

Violin said its purchase of Gear6 is a strategic move into the NAS data center space. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Gear6, which has about 24 employees, is a venture-funded company had about $3 million in sales last year. The company's portfolio of products includes file-based, centralized caching appliances that accelerate data center I/O performance and increase server utilization rates.

"Gear6 was founded to accelerate data center applications and solve the I/O bottleneck which matches well with Violin's 'silicon data center' vision," Violin Memory Chief Operating Officer Dixon Doll Jr. said in a statement.

Violin Memory CEO Don Basile said that Gear6's caching capability combined with the Violin 3000 10TB Memory Array will allow the company to add network file system (NFS) installations solving the performance issues of NAS devices.

"We have an experienced team with a background in rolling up technology companies and then successfully integrating into the core product roadmap, and we will continue to pursue scaling our company via acquisition when it aligns with our corporate strategy," he said in a statement.

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