March 3rd, 2015 by Lyle Smith
HGST to Acquire Amplidata
HGST has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Amplidata, a privately-held developer of object storage software for public and private cloud data centers. This acquisition is in line with the company’s current focus on expanding into higher value data storage platforms and systems that offer value and scalability as well as tackling the constant growth in storage requirements in cloud data centers. Financial specifics were not released.
Amplidata’s flagship offering is Himalaya, which is an object storage software package that allows for scale-out software-defined storage systems. Amplidata is also known to offer scalability with the efficiency, resiliency, and flexibility needed for demanding cloud data center environments. Previously, HGST had chosen Amplidata as a joint development partner for its Active Archive platform, which enabled unprecedented levels of storage efficiency at an ultra-low total cost of ownership. Amplidata's AmpliStor XT technology was also chosen by Quantum for integration into its StorNext line of data management and tiered storage solutions.
It's worth noting that WD invested $10 million in Amplidata last year, which was clearly a strategic move to enable HGST to offer complete big data solutions. We're told HGST has been hard at work on a complete bundled solution that includes storage and controllers that leverage the Amplidata software for large cloud services and analytics use cases. The complete stack makes sense as HGST looks to enable adoption of their high capacity HDDs, including their new 8TB Helium and 10TB SMR Helium drives. Beyond this deal HGST has been busy at the other end of the scale as well, acquiring flash startup Skyera to add to their IP base, and enabling clustered access to their Virident flash card portfolio with the Virident Space offering.
The Amplidata acquisition is slated to close in Q1 of 2015.