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Seagate-Virident Partnership to Attack Enterprise Flash Market

Seagate takes a stake in Virident, which automatically gets a massive channel to the enterprise markets

Storage vendor Seagate and flash memory maker Virident have pooled resources to supply the growing enterprise flash storage market.

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Under the agreement, Seagate is now offering a line of flash-based PCIe solutions to its OEM and distribution partners. The partners will also jointly create new hardware and software for the solid-state storage market. Seagate has made an equity investment in Virident and will appoint one member to the Virident board.

Flash in the enterprise

Virident is a technology leader in one of the fastest growing markets in enterprise and cloud computing, said Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager for solid state drives at Seagate (pictured). “Together, we are working to develop the next-generation hardware and software solutions in the PCIe space,” said Gentry.

The partnership validates Virident’s vision of pervasive flash in the performance tier, said Mike Gustafson, Virident’s CEO. More importantly, it gets their SCM offerings to every enterprise and web data centre market in the world a lot quicker, he said. “The agreement also expands makes our PCIe flash products available to Seagate’s world-class channels,” he said.

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