Thanks to those of you that sent this in to us as it will likely be very big news to discuss during the upcoming CES in January. Samsung Electronics announced it has acquired NVELO, a California based SSD technology company most popularly known for Dataplex, software used for storage caching.
Many of the most popular caching SSDs from companies like OCZ, Corsair, Crucial and Mushkin are currently licensing the Dataplex software to bundle with select lines of drives to enable SSD caching technology without using Intel's Smart Response Technology. We tested the Dataplex software on the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid back in December of last year and we found no issue with it compared to Intel's tech.
Simple Dataplex installation process
As of this writing though Samsung does not have a caching system of its own or a line of drives using anyone else's technology. Samsung in general prefers to have a completely vertical product line in which it can control as many aspects as possible: NAND, design, sales, etc. It would appear that they have decided that simply buying up the privately held NVELO would be the simplest and surest way to make a splash.
"The acquisition of NVELO will enable us to extend our ability to provide SSD related storage solutions to customers. We are pleased with this transaction as the employees of NVELO share our vision to take SSD storage into the next-generation of performance and reliability," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president of Flash product & technology, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.
What we don't know of course is how this will affect the competing SSD vendors like OCZ and Corsair. It seems unlikely that Samsung will kill the deal for currently selling SSDs but I wouldn't expect NVELO to be able to offer the software for license in the future. Current sellers will need to be on the lookout for another software solution after the new year.
On the other hand I am very interested to see what Samsung can do with NVELO's technology and what integration methods they'll devise for future products.