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Fusion-io Acquires Software Firm ID7

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Fusion-io, charter member of AllThingsD’s Flash Madness club, creator of flash-memory based insert cards that turn ordinary servers into super-fast data-crunching machines, today announced an acquisition.

The target is an obscure British software firm called ID7. Its speciality is software that allows storage systems to talk to interface technologies. But here’s why this deal is important: ID7 is also a major contributor to the open-source software project called SCST.

If you’re creating any kind of sophisticated storage scheme for a computer running Linux — which is pretty much anyone these days — you’re using SCST. That includes a lot of Fusion-io’s rivals, among them storage giant EMC, as well as its partners like 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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