Western Digital Backs Skyera

Irvine-based disk drive maker Western Digital announced this morning that it has made a strategic investment in Skyera, a developer of enterprise, solid state storage systems. WD said it co-invested in the recent, $51M funding round announced by Skyera in February. That round was led by Dell Ventures, the venture capital arm of Dell Computer. Western Digital said the investment also includes a deal for joint technology development.

Western Digital did not say how much of the $51M round it took. Western Digital said it had previously invested in Skyera, as the initial outside investor in the company. Skyera is based in San Jose. Skyera is led by Radoslav Danilak, formerly the CTO of SandForce.

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