Even after hiring Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as the company's chief scientist in 2009, Fusion-io has been struggling over the last three years since its initial public offering. Out of the losses of $39 million over these years, the company saw a loss of $38 million in 2013 alone. The company in its 2013 annual report states that the company had an "accumulated deficit of $108.8 million."
Now, SanDisk Corp. has announced that it will buy Fusion-io for about $1.1 billion to boost its growing business of manufacturing flash storage drives for companies. SanDisk is looking to pounce on this opportunity as it sees Fusion-io as an important investment.
SanDisk president and CEO, Sanjay Mehrotra, says, “Fusion-io will accelerate our efforts to enable the flash-transformed data center, helping companies better manage increasingly heavy data workloads at a lower total cost of ownership.” He adds that “customers will benefit from the addition of Fusion-io’s leading PCIe solutions to SanDisk’s vertically integrated business model. We look forward to working with the world-class engineering and go-to-market teams from Fusion-io to provide high-value solutions to customers around the world.”
SanDisk is now looking to move into the Solid-State Drives business. SSDs are much faster than traditional hard-disk drives but are even more costlier. Fusion-io will also start buying chips from SanDisk after the deal.
The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.