Fusion-io the little known creator of flash-memory based hardware cards that are capable of turn ordinary servers into super-fast data-crunching machines has announced the acquisition of British software firm named ID7. ID7 is responsible for the creation and maintenance of special software that enables various computer storage systems to communicate with several standard interface technologies.
So what is the significance of the acquisition? ID7 just happens to be a major contributor to the open-source software project called SCST. This generic SCSI target subsystem for Linux (SCST) allows creation of sophisticated storage devices from any Linux box.
So these storage schemes for computers running Linux are used by the millions of Linux derivative operating systems around the world. That includes many of Fusion-io’s rivals, among them storage giant EMC, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard.
SCST is basically a must-have whenever you talk storage, and ID7 is the biggest contributor to it. What it means is that everyone doing anything in the area of storage, or working toward any kind of software-defined storage scheme, will have to deal with Fusion-io.
Financial terms are not being disclosed, but ID7′s team of software developers will join Fusion-io immediately.
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