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.

When cloud computing isn’t all about scale

Linode Founder and CEO Chris Aker has no illusions about challenging Amazon Web Services in the cloud, but that doesn’t mean he cant build a quality cloud. As he explains in this Structure Show interview, quality infrastructure and simple billing can go a long way.

MemSQL throws a curve, adds column store on flash

MemSQL, the database startup from two former Facebook engineers, has already raised a lot of money and roped in some big customers. Now it’s looking to broaden its footprint with a flash-optimized columnar store to complement its in-memory row-based one.

Violin Memory has a new CEO

Troubled flash storage vendor Violin Memory (s vmem) has a new president and CEO, just months after a lackluster IPO and an ensuing scandal that resulted in the termination of its previous CEO and the departure of multiple executives. The company’s new leader, Kevin DeNuccio, has led infrastructure companies before, mostly in the networking space. He was CEO of a privately held London-based company called Metaswitch Networks, and before that was president and CEO of Redback Networks when Ericsson acquired it in 2006.