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Who's who in SSD? - Cisco

by Zsolt Kerekes - editor - - July 2015

Cisco began quietly using SSDs inside some of its fabric systems to boost their performance in around 2000 to my knowledge - and maybe even earlier.

In September 2013 Cisco entered the rackmount SSD market with the acquisition of WhipTail. But within a year of that announcement Cisco told customers it was EOLing the product line.

In July 2015 a report in CRN - that Cisco was laying off nearly everyone associated with its SSD storage business was later confirmed.

Does that mean Cisco is out of the SSD business?

As a supplier - this short lived experiment failed.

But I think that for Cisco - as for everyone use who uses servers and memories in its product lines - some kind of significant SSD presence will remain essential to be competitive - even if it's only in the form of modules such as hybrid DIMMs or memory channel SSDs from 3rd parties on its servers.

So I think that Cisco will inevitably continue to be a major consumer of industrial SSDs and various SSD-like server enhancement products. And it will have to engage in future acquisitions in this market - most likely in the SSD software and SDS related markets.
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