You may have heard that sTec, Inc., the leading global supplier of enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs), was recently acquired by HGST. As a systems and storage integrator with hundreds of SSD deployments and as an sTec Diamond Partner, we’ve been closely watching this acquisition, and we figured you might be, too.
As a current (or future) SSD customer, are you wondering if this merger could affect your business? Well, never fear — Pogo is here to help! We’ve come up with a short list to help you, our customers, understand what the merger may mean for you.
The Top 5 Things to Know about the HGST Acquisition of sTec, Inc.
1. The Enterprise SSD Market is Growing
Western Digital Corporation, the parent company of HGST, has strategically positioned itself to meet the increasing demand for enterprise solid-state drive solutions, a market which IDC predicts will grow from $2.5B in revenue in 2012, to $7B by 2017. The sTec acquisition is a key part of the company’s growth strategy, and they have big plans to nurture and expand this new business unit.
2. Strength through Strategic Consolidation
With HGST’s acquisition of sTec, and its recent purchases of VeloBit and Virident (an SSD caching software company and a PCIe-based SSD and flash storage vendor, respectively), HGST has given itself a significant advantage as a supplier of enterprise SSD and application acceleration technologies.
“We are excited to welcome the sTec team to HGST, where they will play a key role in our ongoing growth,” Mike Cordano, president, HGST, said in an announcement of the acquisition. “sTec has a strong technology capability, and foundational intellectual property that will support our initiative to deliver intelligent storage devices tailored to the needs of today’s datacenter customer.”
3. Continued Support and Availability from HGST
Existing sTec end-users can rest assured that their product supply and support will continue. In fact, the HGST merger will provide a more secure flash supply chain for customers. With sTec SSD technologies, HGST is now poised to meet the demands of a maturing enterprise SSD solution space, with infinitely customizable solutions for even the most unique or demanding storage needs.
4. Continued Development of Pogo Solutions with SAS SSDs
At Pogo, we’re focused on delivering integrated SSD rack-mount server and network storage solutions for IT managers and directors in government, hosted services, health care, professional services, and other data-driven industries. We were the first to be named an sTec Diamond Partner, and HGST‘s acquisition of sTec will further strengthen and enhance the relationship between their company and ours. This is great news for our customers!
5. Get answers to any sTec-HGST related questions in person at SC13
Have questions about the merger, and you’ll be at Supercomputing Conference next week? Stop by the Pogo Linux booth (#1829), November 19th – 22nd, to meet Pogo product engineers and HGST experts, and get answers to your questions! We’ll be co-presenting a live product demo of sTec/HGST SSDs hourly at our booth. If you’re in the high-performance supercomputing sector, this is your chance to discover, live and in-person, how you can leverage enterprise SSDs to maintain high IOPS in a system configured for large capacity!
Need a pass? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE SC13 pass (exhibit hall only) – a $150 value! We look forward to seeing you.