Which flash array vendor will be bought & by who?

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Which flash array vendor will be bought & by who?

Which all-flash array vendor will be bought next and by who?

There are six potential buyers at first glance:-

- Cisco

- Dell

- HDS

- HP

- IBM

- NetApp

- and maybe (outside bet) Symantec.

There are ten buying targets at first glance:

- GreenBytes

- Kaminario

- Nimbus

- Pure Storage

- Solidfire

- Tintri

- TMS (looking for a partner/buyer already)

- Violin Memory (think looking for low billions price)

- Virident

- Whiptail

So who will buy who now that EMC is buying Xtremio and so out of the picture?

I'd think NetApp buying Pure Storage would be a goodish fit.

What do you think?

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Re: Which flash array vendor will be bought & by who?

Simply on which they intrested much or trusted

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IBM and HDS will be mostly bought by users as I expects.

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Forgot NexGen

Eleven targets - I forgot Nexgen who make shared flash arrays using Fusion-io flash cards.

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Re: Forgot NexGen

And Avere possibly - it's becoming storage in its own right and not just a NAS accelerator. That's a round dozen.

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Great list, Chris. Agree that Avere should be on the list.

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Some fits

I sincerely hope PureStorage gets another year or two. They really are on a good roll to get where they need to be but their market fit is still too niche. And please, no NetApp for them :-)

What fits for me?

Kaminario/DELL: Kaminario builds their solutions now on DELL hardware but the biggest reason is that they own IP without proprietary hardware. This fits perfectly in the Fluid story DELL brings.

NimbusData/HP: Scaleout/ScaleUp high performance on low pricepoint. Bigger market. Fits more in strategy acquisitions like 3PAR. Ready for market, handle integration later.

Maybe SolidFire is a better match for NetApp? one-size-fits-all, easy scaleout.

Others: FusionIO missed the acquisition boat I think. They should have been acquired by HP last year and integraded in Gen8 servers. This would have changed the server/storage market. By now they are too much integraded through other server vendors and will be to expensive. Violin could still be an alternative ...

In July I'll do an update on my Vendor Acquisitions & Partnerships post :-) http://hansdeleenheer.blogspot.com/2011/07/vendor-acquisitions-partnerships-v2.html

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Musical flash array chairs

Okay, here is my list of with flash array vendor could be bought by which storage array/server system vendor. It is not predicated on any inside knowledge, being merely gut feel and guesswork:-

Kaminario goes to Dell

TMS goes to HDS

Tintri goes to HP

Greenbytes goes to NetApp

Pure Storage goes to Cisco

SolidFire goes to IBM

Then other entrants come to the party and:-

Whiptail goes to Nexsan

Virident goes to Fujitsu

Avere goes to F5

Fusion-io, Nimbus and Violin Memory stay independent.

That's my guesstimate .... for now.

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Re: Some fits

Since when is Dell building for Kaminario again? Maybe back in 2012 timeframe when it was primarily DRAM blade form factor based, but the last Kaminario K2s I've seen were Supermicro servers and JBOD.

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Wow 100% Flash success??

We've gotta have some failures, no?

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Re: Wow 100% Flash success??

I can't predict a flag array vendor's gonna fail ... how could I ever talk to them again? They'll hate me!

Chris

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Right on target as usual...

Totally agree.. the flash appliance / array space will certainly be interesting next couple years.

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I am voting for DELL here because the main reason is ultimately they own IP without proprietary hardware.

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Dell and IBM could be.

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why no Tegile in the list there? they seem to have a good AFA story too

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Which flash array vendor will be bought & by who?

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That's a list of sales people.?

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