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The addition of Smart Storage Systems' SSD lines also complements the strategic investment SanDisk made last month in Panzura, a Campbell, Calif.-based developer of NAS-based cloud storage solutions based on SSD technology, the spokesperson said.
SanDisk also was a strategic investor in Whiptail, a Whippany, N.J.-based developer of all-flash storage arrays.
Aaron Rakers, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus Equity Research, wrote in a Tuesday research note that the acquisition of Smart Storage Systems will help SanDisk build out its position as a flash storage solutions provider.
"We believe (this is) a driver of this acquisition and the company's investment in privately-held scale-out Flash array provider WhipTail," Rakers wrote.
Smart Storage Systems is part of Smart Worldwide Holdings, currently owned in part by Silver Lake Partners, a key investor in Dell's move to become a private company.