Western Digital Buys NVMe-oF Provider Kazan Networks

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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 this acquisition were not disclosed.

Kazan Networks offers NVMe-oF bridge solutions to “seamlessly” connect and share JBOFs and other data center resources over fabric.

Margie Evashenk
“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 (CEO) of Kazan Networks.

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, would accelerate Western Digital’s capabilities and offerings. The acquisition would also expand Western Digital’s expertise in advanced fabric-enabled architectures. It would enable the vendor 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.”

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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 an NVMe-oF open composable storage platform.

“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 (CEO) of 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.”