Why IBM's Flashing Its Storage Cash
Flash specialist Fusion-io, which reported stellar fourth-quarter results last week, has already carved out a lucrative niche in corporate data centers. The Utah-based company counts Apple(AAPL) and Facebook(FB) amongst its customers, and also boasts Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as its chief scientist.
Endpoint Technologies' Kay would not rule out the possibility of an EMC/Fusion-io deal, noting that valuations are attractive at the moment. "For
EMC, however, has been banging the drum about its Flash strategy, recently noting that more than 100 customers are using VFCache.
The Hopkinton, Mass.-based company, which shipped 24 petabytes of flash drive capacity in 2011, also acquired storage array specialist XtremIO earlier this year to boost its efforts in this space. By way of comparison, a single petabye stored on CD-ROMs would create a pile of discs more than a mile high, according to the Library of Congress.
Salt Lake City-based Fusion-io has a market cap of $2.64 billion.
Fusion-io and EMC declined to comment on this article.
--Written by James Rogers in New York.
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