Western Digital buys Silicon Systems

Well hello there! It looks like Western Digital thinks solid state drives are worth investing in. Silicon Systems just got snapped up by WD for $65 million. It seems for a little while SSD technology has been searching for something … a legitimate place amongst the big boys when it came to data storage. I think this purchase makes a good case for the technology hitting mainstream with a bigger push. But rather than just a re-branded Silicon Systems solid state drive, I’d prefer to see Western Digital integrate the technology into their existing research and development. I’d like to see some innovative approach seeing how WD has the resources to do it.

So does this acquisistion put pressure on Seagate to make a purchase as well? I think if you see a Western Digital SSD sitting next to a lesser known brand at the store, you’re going to stick with WD. It certainly sets the bar for other companies looking to sell. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Seagate make a similar purchase or announce that their brand of SSD’s to be shipping soon.


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