HGST Adds Improved Cloud Storage with Amplidata Buy
Belgium-based Amplidata represents the second acquisition for HGST in the last three months.Western Digital's HGST storage subsidiary is mostly a hardware company that makes disk drives, but it posted a big move on the software side March 3 in announcing its acquisition of Amplidata, a privately held developer of object storage software for public and private cloud data centers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed by buyer nor seller. Irvine, Calif.-based HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) is what remains of Hitachi's former disk business when it supplied large numbers of spinners to IBM. It is now building full storage systems using both conventional hard drives and NAND flash drives—or combinations of both. Belgium-based Amplidata represents the second acquisition for HGST in the last three months. HGST, which had partially owned all-flash array maker Skyera for several years, bought the remaining equity of that company last December.
The acquisition is in line with the company's strategy to expand into higher-value data storage platforms. By adding Amplidata into its mix, HGST is broadening its storage software portfolio in view of three continuing trends: a) the growth of object storage; b) the growth of cloud storage; and c) the fact that enterprises are seeking more options in installing and/or refreshing older data centers.