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Fusion-io Acquires NexGen Storage

The 50-man NexGen targets SMEs with a supposedly affordable entry point for flash-powered application acceleration

Flash house Fusion-io has bought NexGen Storage, a developer of software- defined hybrid storage appliances based on Fusion ioMemory.

It paid around $114 million in cash and approximately $5 million in stock. It also assumed all unvested NexGen employee equity awards.

The 50-man NexGen targets SMEs with a supposedly affordable entry point for flash-powered application acceleration.

Fusion says that NexGen’s combination of its ioControl management software with ioMemory and standard disk drives transforms x86 servers into hybrid storage systems tuned to deliver performance, price and capacity.

The widgetry transparently shares all storage resources and maintains simultaneous performance targets for multiple applications.

Its ioControl software lets customers provision, prioritize and maintain predictable performance and gives them a clear upgrade path to all-flash solutions.

It can prioritize acceleration for mission-critical, business-critical, and even non-critical applications. It’ll also transparently move data between high- performance and low-cost storage media without adding another software layer to manage storage tiering.

Its acceleration is supposed to be at least 3x better than systems that integrate SSDs behind legacy storage controllers.

Fusion calls the acquisition a strategic expansion of its software-defined portfolio likely to appeal to SMEs and increase Fusion’s visibility.

The next step, Fusion’s CEO David Flynn (pictured above) said, is to transition to supporting customers’ preferred server platforms with Fusion’s OEM partners. Fusion will continue to sell NexGen’s current products through its VAR channel. Fusion ioMemory is estimated to support over 250 times more data written over a system’s lifetime compared to systems based on SATA and SAS SSDs.

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