With the battle for solid-state memory systems heating up, Cisco is making yet another move in the arena. The company is snapping up privately-held Whiptail. Cisco is shelling out about $415 million for the high-performance , scalable solid-state memory systems company.
What makes Whiptail's tech attractive to the networking giant? Cisco's latest acquisition promises to help organizations simplify data center and virtualized environments and process more data in less time. By integrating scalable solid-state memory into the Unified Computing System's (UCS) fabric computing architecture, the company is betting Whiptail will strengthen its UCS strategy and beef up application performance.
"We are focused on providing a converged infrastructure including compute, network and high-performance solid state that will help address our customers' requirements for next-generation computing environments," said Paul Perez, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Computing Systems Product Group. "As we continue to innovate our unified platform, Whiptail will help realize our vision of scalable persistent memory, which is integrated into the server , available as a fabric resource and managed as a globally shared pool."
Betting on Converged Infrastructure
Here's the pitch: New breeds of applications such as virtual desktops and data analytics are making increased performance demands on traditional storage array systems. Bridging the gap between increased application performance demand from servers and what traditional storage systems can deliver, means that solid-state memory systems have to be brought closer to the application.
With the acquisition of Whiptail, Cisco said it is evolving the UCS architecture by integrating data acceleration capability into the compute layer. The company said integrating Whiptail's memory systems with UCS at a hardware and manageability level will simplify customers' data center environments by delivering the required performance in a fraction of the data center floor space with unified management for provisioning and administration. (continued...)