EMC Acquires Israeli Storage Startup ScaleIO For $200M-$300MJun. 20, 2013
Palo Alto-based ScaleIO is one of a new generation of startup storage providers that’s using intelligent software to help big companies streamline and converge their data storage operations at scale across thousands of servers. On a mission to re-imagine the very operations of enterprise data centers, the startup’s tech takes aim at the core business of storage giants like EMC and IBM. In fact, ScaleIO claims that its block storage technology offers 80 to 90 percent savings compared to the bigs.
Well, it appears that at least one of the bigs has been listening and wants the startup’s tech for its own. TechCrunch has learned today that EMC, one of the largest data storage providers in the world, has agreed to buy ScaleIO for $200 million to $300 million. The news was first reported by Avi Schneider at Israeli blog GeekTime, and as the deal is reportedly still in the final stages, according to our sources, neither EMC nor ScaleIO would offer official comment on the news when reached by TechCrunch.
While the terms of the reported deal are still unclear, if this range holds true, it’s a big win for both sides — and, following the likes of Waze, it’s another big exit for Israeli tech startups. In EMC’s case, the storage giant has been taking a turn toward a more AWS-style infrastructure, and the ScaleIO acquisition gives the company access to the startup’s “block storage,” an adaptable, multi-use data-storage technology that makes it easy to scale across thousands of servers.
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