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Western Digital invests in Skyera start-up

Western Digital invests in Skyera as part of a $51 million Series B round of funding.

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Published Wed, Mar 13 2013 5:41 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:14 PM CDT

Western Digital has invested in Skyera, a start-up focusing on all-SSD products for the enterprise market. The investment comes as part of Skyera's Series B round of financing, in which Skyera raised $51 million.

Western Digital invests in Skyera start-up | TweakTown.com

Radoslav Danilak, CEO of Skyera:

The backing of Western Digital has enabled us to ramp our business across marketing, sales and engineering which has been instrumental in creating the industry's most innovative solid-state solution. With our skyHawk family of enterprise solid-state storage systems we are witnessing the next era of solid-state storage and I strongly believe that having a close working relationship with Western Digital, the world's top disk drive vendor, is invaluable as we set out to reshape the storage landscape.

Steve Milligan, president and CEO, Western Digital:

One of our primary goals in developing strategic relationships with technology innovators in the broader storage ecosystem is to enable customers to develop highly optimized storage solutions that meet their changing data management needs. We see companies like Skyera as offering a dramatic improvement over traditional approaches to emerging storage challenges. We will continue to support innovation by collaborating with customers and partners, and investing in companies who are addressing today's most exciting storage opportunities.

For those interested, one of the main employees at Skyera is the engineer behind SandForce SF-1000 and SF-2000. He left because he wanted to focus strictly on the enterprise market.

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