Cisco to buy solid-state memory company for $415M

The acquisition highlights the run on solid-state memory companies as data center players aim to speed up applications.

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Cisco Systems will acquire solid-state memory company Whiptail for $415 million.

Cisco, a networking equipment maker, said Tuesday it plans to integrate Whiptail's solid-state memory technology into its unified computing system (UCS) products.

Under the terms of the deal, Cisco will $415 million in cash and retention-based incentives for Whippany, N.J.-based Whiptail. The deal is expected to close in Cisco's fiscal first quarter, which ends in late October. Cisco's planned acquisition highlights the run on solid-state memory companies. On Monday, Western Digital scooped up Virident for $685 million.

According to Cisco, privately held Whiptail will boost performance in UCS by speeding applications. Cisco plans to integrate data acceleration technologies into its compute layer.

Whiptail employees will be integrated into Cisco's computing systems group.

In a blog post, Cisco said:

Whiptail is a perfect architectural fit for UCS because together the two combine a clustered architecture with fabric-based acceleration - all of which is automatable via the UCS Manager and UCS Director. The end result is to deliver optimized performance on top of UCS for emerging and business critical applications, such as virtualized, Big Data, database, High Performance Computing and transcoding workloads.

This story originally posted as "Cisco buys Whiptail for $415 million amid solid-state storage run" on ZDNet.

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