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Tuxera Agrees to Acquire Datalight

In embedded file systems, and flash management and acceleration software

Tuxera Corp. signed an agreement to acquire Datalight, Inc. the North American developer of embedded file systems, and flash management and acceleration software.

The companies’ combined forces will now provide an embedded storage management software portfolio to meet the growing global demand for storage. 

According to the International Data Corporation, these demands will grow to an estimated global datasphere of 175ZB by 2025. Meeting these global demands will require over 22ZB of storage capacity across all media types from 2018 to 2025. (1)

Pushing boundaries of storage technology
Since 2008, Tuxera has been developing fail-safe, high-performance proprietary implementations of industry-standard file systems such as FAT, exFAT, NTFS, APFS, and HFS+. The company’s solutions have shipped in billions of consumer devices and vehicles to date. It also has its own high-performance file system, VelocityFS, as well as network storage and streaming software solutions.

Together, we will continue to develop new features for our existing products and bring market-leading innovations in embedded storage. Our combined product portfolio addresses the full spectrum of storage management needs, allowing us to better support our customers’ current and future business and technical requirements,” says Szabolcs Szakacsits, president and CTO, Tuxera.

Datalight, founded in 1983, develops both flash file systems and flash management software, such as Reliance Edge, Reliance Nitro, FlashFXe, and FlashFX Tera.

The company brings to Tuxera a deep understanding of technologies applied in flash controllers as well as file system technology used across different embedded OSs.

We’re excited to join forces with Tuxera to create the industry’s broadest portfolio of data management solutions. Our shared experiences in ‘making it work’ for our customers in diverse markets around the world gives us a common foundation on which to build innovative solutions to tomorrow’s data challenges,” says Kerri McConnell, CEO, Datalight.

All leading expertise in flash management and file systems in one place
The engineering teams of the two companies combined now encompasses the top file systems and embedded storage experts around the globe. Their experience and understanding of storage technology covers any OS or real-time OS, any flash memory type, any hardware environment, and any interface, being either internal or external storage.

The merging of the two companies will bring significant benefits to any device, vehicle, or industrial products manufacturer with onboard or edge storage requirements.

Benefits include:
• comprehensive storage management support for a range of devices from embedded (such as microcontrollers), to vehicles, aircraft, and spacecraft, and for all consumer and industrial IoT devices
• improved file system performance, data reliability, flash memory lifetime, and hardware costs reduction
• storage support for both managed and unmanaged flash memory
• industry-standard, fail-safe file systems like FAT, exFAT, NTFS, APFS, and HFS+
• industry-standard file sharing protocol support such as SMB
• flash memory quality and cost evaluation services

Transaction advisors
Nordhaven Corporate Finance acted as exclusive financial advisor to Tuxera. DLA Piper acted legal advisor, and KPMG as tax advisor. Corum Group Ltd. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Datalight, and Summit Law Group as legal advisor. 
(1) The Digitization of the World From Edge to Core, IDC White Paper – #US44413318, sponsored by Seagate.