Earlier today, IBM announced
plans to acquire privately held solid state storage developer Texas Memory Systems, of Houston, Texas.
The acquisition will buttress IBM's work in the solid state storage area, which provides dramatically faster data storage and access times over traditional disk and tape solutions. Solid state storage solutions are also more efficient and consume far less energy than traditional solutions. Over time, the plan is to integrate TMS technologies into IBM PureSystems offerings.
Stories about the acquisition plans have appeared in the Wall Street Journal
. George Crump, an analyst with Storage Switzerland, also published a blog
, noting: "In what could be one of the
most important acquisitions of the year, IBM today announced plans to
acquire Texas Memory Systems... we think this is an excellent move on the part of IBM. Texas
Memory brings a deep technical bench and excellent leadership that will
allow IBM to differentiate itself from other large storage vendors." Crump also noted: "...this purchase significantly strengthens IBM’s SSD Strategy. As the
Texas Memory products are integrated into the IBM portfolio it puts IBM
on par, if not ahead of EMC for completeness of flash offering."