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EMC’s Buying ScaleIO to Manage Flash

The start-up is supposed to strength EMC’s Flash portfolio by combining ScaleIO’s software with PCIe Flash cards

EMC is buying ScaleIO and its scalable server-based Elastic Converged Storage (ECS) software.

It said it's paying cash but not how much although the chatty Israeli business press put the price at between $200 million and $300 million.

The start-up is supposed to strength EMC's Flash portfolio by combining ScaleIO's software with PCIe Flash cards, such as EMC's XtremSF, in enterprise private cloud and Service Provider environments.

The acquisition, when it closes, is bound for EMC's Flash Product Division where its widgetry will become part of EMC's XtremSW Suite.

EMC, which is supposed to be committed to enabling customers to deploy Flash across their entire server and storage infrastructures, said ScaleIO's software creates a virtual pool of server-based storage by logically combining SSDs, PCIe Flash cards, HDDs or any combination of these devices. It supports both virtualized and non-virtualized environments and reportedly scales from tens to thousands of servers.

In a blog EMC's Flash chief Zahid Hussain said "over time we will build in additional enterprise features so that advanced data services can be delivered irrespective of the underlying hardware." He figures the widgetry matches a mess of use cases including VDI, virtualization, databases and HPC in several target markets as well as SPs that provide public clouds.

The way ScaleIO works, he said, "customers run a lightweight Data Server (DS) driver on any node that contains DAS Flash that you want to add to a virtual pool, and a Data Client (DC) driver on any node that should have access to the virtual pool. Of course, customers can run both the DS and DC code on a node that both contributes storage to a pool and needs access to the pool."

EMC figures the transaction won't have any material impact on its GAAP or non-GAAP EPS for the full 2013 fiscal year.

Started in 2011, ScaleIO was initially self-funded and only brought in $12 million from Norwest Venture Partners and Greylock Partners this past December. Its customers include SAP and Check Point.

Last year EMC bought XtremeIO, another Israeli-based Flash player, for $430 million.

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