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Western Digital Acquires Kazan Networks 

SAN JOSE and ROSEVILLE, Calif., - September 10, 2019 -- Western Digital Corp. and Kazan Networks announced today that Western Digital has completed the acquisition of Kazan Networks, a provider of industry-leading NVMe-over-Fabric (NVMe-oF) ASIC and adapter products for next-generation data center architectures. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kazan Networks offers the industry's highest performing and most power efficient NVMe-oF bridge solutions to seamlessly connect and share JBOFs and other data center resources over fabric. The addition of Kazan Networks' portfolio of adapter- and ASIC-level integration products, which include the Fuji NVMe-oF Bridge ASIC and the Onyx NVMe-oF Bridge Adapter, will immediately accelerate Western Digital's data infrastructure leadership, capabilities and offerings. The acquisition also expands Western Digital's expertise in advanced fabric-enabled architectures that will enable the company to enhance its portfolio of NVMe fabric-ready platforms and systems, including its OpenFlex composable disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) offerings which were introduced by the company last year.

"Kazan Networks is a proven innovator in high-performance networking and NVMe-oF, with industry-leading solutions to connect storage subsystems to an Ethernet fabric," said Phil Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager of Western Digital's Data Center Systems business. "The addition of Kazan Networks will further expand Western Digital's leadership in disaggregated data infrastructure and accelerate the advancement of new, CDI-ready NVMe-oF platforms optimized for our customers' next-generation hyperscale workloads. We are pleased to welcome the Kazan Networks' talented team to our organization."

The exponential growth in the volume, variety and velocity of data is driving the demand for flexible, scalable and disaggregated data center environments that can effectively adapt to diverse and dynamic applications workloads. Western Digital has taken an active role in helping to advance CDI and NVMe fabric-based technologies, with multiple related strategic investments and ecosystem partnerships, purpose-built technology innovations, support of open standards, and its OpenFlex platform and portfolio – which includes the industry's fastest NVMe-oF open composable storage platform.

The acquisition of Kazan Networks adds cutting-edge ASIC and adapter products with established interoperability with a wide ecosystem of partners, new and expanded customer relationships, and a proven team deeply experienced in networking and bridging technology.

"The Kazan Networks team is excited to join Western Digital, with whom we share a long-standing relationship and commitment to advancing NVMe-oF technology and CDI," said Margie Evashenk, chief executive officer, Kazan Networks. "The close integration of purpose-built controller and storage technology is pivotal to realizing the full benefits of advanced next-generation fabric architectures, including lower power, higher performance and lower cost. The team looks forward to working together to transform data centers through interconnected innovation."

About Western Digital
Western Digital, a leader in data infrastructure, creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Our data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology, SanDisk, WD, and the Western Digital brands.

About Kazan Networks
Kazan Networks is a privately held startup founded in December 2014 by storage networking veterans. The company is located in Roseville, CA and is now shipping production silicon and adapter products throughout the industry.


Source: Western Digital 

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