Storage Radio: Violin Memory buys Gridiron Systems for flash cache

Senior news director Dave Raffo talks with executive editor Ellen O’Brien about the Violin Memory-Gridiron Systems acquisition, and what it means for the flash cache market. Raffo offers his take on why an established flash vendor would pick up another, and why we can plan on flash-cache-technology acquisitions fueling the 2013 mergers and acquisitions landscape in data storage. SearchSolidStateStorage.com expert Arun Taneja believes IT vendors are getting more customers willing to buy flash storage technology who also don't want to abandon their traditional storage arrays.

In other storage-related M&A news, Western Digital picked up a backup software vendor with hopes of jumping into the SMB backup and integrated appliance market. The Western Digital-Arkeia deal focused on Arkeia's server backup and progressive deduplication technology. 

Raffo and O'Brien wrap up this week's edition of Storage Radio with a look at Raffo's interview with David Scott. In an in-depth discussion with SearchStorage.com, HP's storage VP told Raffo that the company's storage roadmap is about "polymorphic simplicity" -- and Raffo explains what that means, in addition to answering questions about HP's 3PAR strategy and its compatibility with Windows Storage Server 2012.

This was first published in January 2013

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