Big storage loves that flash

Flash storage deals continue, as Western Digital buys Skyera

You can add another member to your list of storage startups being swallowed up by storage giants like Sandisk and EMC. This week, flash-storage startup Skyera was bought out by HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital, for an undisclosed amount.

Gigaom’s Barb Darrow profiled Skyera in 2012 and noted that at the time the flash-storage space was ripe with a bevy of startups–including Fusion.io, Virident and Violin Memory–leading the way in bringing flash storage to the mainstream.

As solid-state technology got more popular with data center operators over the years, the big storage titans came knocking on the startups’ doors to bolster their portfolios with the startups’ flash expertise.

Just a few examples: Fusion.io has since been gobbled up by [company]SanDisk[/company] for $1.1 billion, [company]Western Digital[/company] bought Virident for $685 million and EMC acquired XtremIO for $430 million.

As for Violin Memory, that startup has been trying to maintain face after a shaky IPO and has since been working on a rebound.

It will be worth keeping an eye on other flash startups like Pure Storage and SolidFire as to what their strategies will be in the coming year and if they will eventually end up in the hands of bigger storage players. SolidFire landed an $82 million funding round in October and Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen recently told the Silicon Valley Business Journal that Pure Storage is not looking to be acquired or is seeking an IPO any time soon.