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Seagate and Virident develops Enterprise class SSDs

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Seagate teamed up with Virident systems to provide a flash NAND based PCIe storage solutions specifically for data centres. Under the agreement, Seagate will start offering a complete line of SSD PCIe via its OEM and distributors. According to Gary Gentry, Senior VP and GM of Seagate’s SSD division, they’re both working on the hardware and software solution for this solution and its made via in-house development.

For those who don’t know, Virident systems make PCIe based MLC and SLC flash NAND PCIe card with capacities between 550GB and 2.2TB. It’s clearly unknown if Seagate will be selling re-branded cards, but in some form, Seagate stepped in the business of SSD with PCIe interface- at the very least for enterprise-class uses.


Companies Plan to Jointly Develop Next Generation Flash-based PCIe Solutions; Seagate to Offer a Broad Line of Enterprise Class PCIe Products

MUMBAI – January 31, 2013: Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a worldwide leader in storage solutions, and Virident Systems Inc., the performance leader in flash-based storage-class memory (SCM) solutions, announced a strategic agreement to jointly deliver solutions for the growing enterprise flash storage market. Under the agreement, Seagate will immediately offer a complete line of flash-based PCIe solutions to its OEM and distribution partners. In addition, Seagate and Virident intend to leverage their mutual strengths to create next-generation hardware and software solutions for the solid-state storage market. In conjunction with the agreement, Seagate has made a strategic equity investment in Virident and will appoint one member to the Virident Board of Directors.

“Seagate is thrilled to team with Virident, a technology leader in one of the fastest growing markets in enterprise and cloud computing,” said Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager, Solid State Drives at Seagate. “Together, we are working to develop the next-generation hardware and software solutions in the PCIe space. Our solid-state strategy is founded on both in-house development and through strategic partnerships with innovative companies to deliver the broadest portfolio in the industry. We believe that this strategic agreement immediately strengthens our leading position in the enterprise storage market by adding a broad line of Seagate flash-based PCIe solutions powered by Virident to our portfolio. We look forward to a long, productive partnership with Virident.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Seagate as a strategic partner and investor,” said Mike Gustafson, Chief Executive Officer of Virident. “This partnership validates Virident’s vision of pervasive flash in the performance tier and accelerates our shared vision by bringing next-generation SCM solutions to the enterprise and web datacenters worldwide. The agreement also expands Virident’s routes to market today by making our best-in-class PCIe flash products available to Seagate’s world-class channels.”

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