While Seagate and WD are the ones in the mechanical storage market, both companies are making their moves to enter SSD market. Western Digital has made some pretty big moves, as it bought Stec Inc for $340 Million during June and bought Virident Systems for $685 Million.
Virident systems is backed by Intel and Cisco, and even signed a deal to develop and distribute flash based storage to Seagate in the past. Now Virident will be a part of Western Digital’s Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) by Q4 2013.
Seagate did not make any comments, as they didn’t want to comment on ‘rumoured, potential or pending acquisition ‘, according to the source. But Seagate did inform that it will be acquiring smaller SSD makers to boost its presence in the SSD Market.
Analysts however pointed out that Western Digital would also be planning to acquire Virident’s rival Fusion-io inc, but one of the research analysts said that the logic of Seagate/Fusion-io is more compelling.