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December 17, 2012

Samsung Acquires NVELO

By Joe Rizzo, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Last Friday, December 14, 2012, Samsung acquired NVELO. As a spin off from Denali Software, NVELO is known for its Dataplex SSD (Solid State Drive) caching software. SSD is a data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to data persistently. This acquisition includes all technology and personnel currently under NVELO, Inc.

As an independent company, NVELO is backed by a great deal of experience. Most of the employees have been there for at least 10 years. Development of Dataplex SSD started back in 2007 as part of Denali Software. Around the time that NVELO was founded, Denali Software was acquired by Candence.

The president and CEO of NVELO, Jiurong Cheng said, “The NVELO team is excited to join the Samsung (News - Alert) family. We look forward to accelerating storage innovation in close cooperation with Samsung storage experts as we help to deliver fully integrated SSD solutions to the market.”

Young-Hyun Jun, the executive vice president of Flash product & technology, Device Solutions at Samsung Electronics, said that the acquisition will enable them to extend their ability to provide SSD related storage solutions to their customers. Samsung is pleased because the employees of NVELO share their vision to take SSD into the next generation.

Intel (News - Alert) introduced a feature that it calls Smart Response Technology (SRT), which was originally called SSD Caching. NVELO’s Dataplex is a substitute to Intel’s SRT. One major difference is that there are fewer limitations with Dataplex since it is not tied to a specific chipset. Dataplex can be used with the AMD (News - Alert) chipset as well as with older systems.

Intel’s SRT has a 64GB cache size limitation. NVELO’s Dataplex does not have this limitation. There is some question as to whether using an SSD with a larger than 64GB capacity is necessary, but the result is that if at some point the answer is yes, Dataplex is already there.

According to NVELO, “Dataplex delivers dramatic performance gains by intelligently managing the use of a small capacity SSD in conjunction with a larger capacity HDD. The results? You can now have SSD performance across the full storage of your HDD – at a fraction of the cost of a full-capacity SSD.”

The bottom line is just that, the bottom line. In the past few years, SSD prices have come down considerably. SSD improves the performance of computers. Samsung’s acquisition of NVELO’s Dataplex puts it in direct competition with Intel’s SRT. Simply put, the acquisition of NVELO’s Dataplex gives Samsung many more options.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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