[BLOG] WD sells IntelliFlash… So what next?
You may have seen in the press recently that Western Digital (WD) intends to exit the storage systems market by agreeing to sell its IntelliFlash business to big data storage supplier DataDirect Networks (DDN). The transaction is expecting to close later this year.
Observers of the data storage market will remember that WD acquired Tegile storage systems in September 2017 with the Tegile brand being fully transitioned into WD’s Datacentre Systems (DCS) business unit in November 2018.
The latest move came as a surprise to us at Trustco when we were advised on 19th September but the name of the buyer did not. DDN has history here, buying Tintri in September 2018 and Nexentra in May of this year. Adding Western Digital’s high-performance enterprise hybrid, all-flash and NVMe solutions to its product portfolio will make three acquisitions in 12 months.
What happens to IntelliFlash now?
According to reports from multiple news sources, IntelliFlash staff will join DDN, which now has more than ten thousand customers worldwide. WD and DDN will work together to transition customers, with ongoing product availability and support continuity. Expectations are that customer growth will increase steadily in the hands of DDN.
How can Trustco help?
Trustco PLC has partnered with Tegile storage since 2012 and remain a focused partner moving forward. We believe that the acquisition will see the UK presence strengthened with improved customer support.
We continue to be your primary source to;
• Offer system reviews of existing WD /Tegile technology
• Provide support quotes as well as commercial and technical support
• Advise on IT assets and support for proof of concepts / future-proofing
• Provide new or upgraded configurations, spares and support on WD arrays.
Call 0344 880 1999 to speak with one of our technical specialists to discuss how we can help with your existing and future storage infrastructure.