Sandisk has acquired FlashSoft in an apparent move to offer Flash caching.
Sandisk has said that it will be selling FlashSoft's products both as standalone software, as well as in combination with its SAS, PCIe and SATA enterprise products. Sandisk is not alone with its expansion into flash caching: In November of last year, OCZ announced the purchase of Sanrad for $15 million.
"The acquisition of FlashSoft represents an important step in SanDisk's strategy of delivering complete SSD and software solutions to enterprise storage customers," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO of SanDisk, in a prepared statement "FlashSoft's software products complement our growing family of SAS, PCIe and SATA Enterprise SSDs, and we are pleased to welcome FlashSoft to the SanDisk family."
Flash caching enables storage systems to achieve performance increases as frequently accessed data can be made available via SSDs that serve as high-speed data access devices for hard disk drives.
Sandisk did not disclose financial details of the deal, but mentioned that it does expect a significant impact on its earnings in 2012. The company anticipates additional income from FlashSoft products in 2013.