MILPITAS, Calif., January 8, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that it has completed the spin-out of the company's ioControl™ solutions business. The ioControl solutions business, which was acquired by SanDisk as part of the acquisition of Fusion-io earlier this year, develops hybrid storage appliances that combine PCIe flash storage with traditional hard disk drives. The new entity will be known as NexGen Storage, Inc. ("NexGen"), taking on the name it originally held before the entity was acquired by Fusion-io.
"Hybrid systems incorporating hard-disk drives are not part of SanDisk’s strategic focus," said Sumit Sadana, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, SanDisk Corporation. "Spinning out the ioControl business allows us to focus our resources on our core business, while positioning the independent company to address the significant opportunities in the dynamic enterprise storage market."
SanDisk has agreed to be a supplier of PCIe flash storage technology to NexGen, but will not maintain an ownership interest. John Spiers, co-founder and chief executive officer of the original NexGen, will lead the new company.
"NexGen was founded to address the performance and management challenges associated with solutions that use multiple types of storage like NVDIMM, flash, hard disk drives, cloud as a tier, and others yet to be commercialized," said Spiers. "Operating as a stand-alone company enables NexGen to retain our technology vision and best serve our customers."
Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.
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