By Kevin Komiega
-- In an effort to grow its OEM business and expand into new markets, Adaptec this week announced it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held RAID silicon and software maker Aristos Logic for approximately $41 million.
Aristos Logic builds and sells multi-protocol RAID Storage Processor (RSP) technology and accompanying software. The RSPs are built specifically to accelerate the storage data path by providing protocol and command processing, storage application acceleration, and storage management in a single chip.
The Aristos RAID Software, designed to take advantage of the RSP's hardware acceleration, supports a range of storage applications while providing OEMs with a framework for integrating their own features.
Adaptec's interest in Aristos Logic is twofold. The acquisition gives Adaptec a handful of new OEM partners and a product road map for 6Gbps SAS hardware.
"Aristos brings technology that augments [our products]," says Marc Lowe, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's storage components division. "They have silicon capabilities that we did not have."
Lowe says Aristos Logic's RAID processors will help Adaptec penetrate markets previously out of reach, specifically the 6Gbps SAS market.
"Aristos has gained a foothold in the OEM market," says Lowe. "Their partnerships will help us get into new markets for RAID. This will effectively double the total addressable market for us in RAID."
Once the acquisition is complete (Lowe believes the deal will be finalized in days or weeks) Adaptec will develop a long-term plan for extending its reach beyond its traditional RAID roots, including expansion into performance desktops, blade servers, and enterprise-class external storage systems.
Vipul Mehta, vice president of business development and marketing at Aristos Logic, says his company is poised for a new level of growth. "We have OEM partners and technologies in place. The next challenge is to expand into adjacent markets and products and sell them to the channel and OEMs," says Mehta. "Adaptec knows how to put together RAID controllers and sell them. It's a potent combination and allows us to address a broader market than we were able to before."