I told you Fusion-io
The company announced today that it has landed a juicy OEM contract with networking giant Cisco Systems
This is a solid win for the small company and serves as additional confirmation of the compelling value proposition in its approach to flash implementation in data centers. Integrating Fusion-io's ioMemory2 platform will cut down latency and boost storage performance. The new blade servers will ship later this year.
Interestingly, storage behemoth EMC
Piper Jaffray even thinks that Cisco could soon become a 10% customer for Fusion-io from this deal, which would mean more than $30 million when you consider Fusion-io's current trailing-12-month sales of about $324 million.
I also see this as further fuel to the speculation of an eventual buyout. EMC is known for its acquisitive ways, and if unable to successfully create a compelling in-house offering in an important and emerging technology, it just swoops in and buys the best in breed. It realizes that Fusion-io's approach to flash is worth duplicating, but its VFCache isn't stacking up.
It may not happen for a while, but add this deal to the list of reasons EMC may one day consider acquiring Fusion-io.
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