In December, reports suggested that Microsoft had acquired
Fungible, a startup fabricating a type of data center hardware
known as a data processing unit (DPU), for around $190 million.
Today, Microsoft confirmed the acquisition but not the
purchase price, saying that it plans to use Fungible’s tech and
team to deliver “multiple DPU solutions, network innovation and
hardware systems advancements.” [...]
Fungible was launched in 2016 by Bertrand Serlet, a former Apple
software engineer who sold a cloud storage startup, Upthere, to
Western Digital in 2017, alongside Krishna Yarlagadda and Juniper
Networks co-founder Pradeep Sindhu. Fungible sold DPUs that relied
on two operating systems, one open source and the other
proprietary, and a microprocessor architecture called MIPS
to control flash storage volumes.
“The Fungible DPU was invented in 2016 to address the most
significant problems in scale-out data centers: the inefficient
execution of data-centric computations within server nodes,”
Fungible wrote in a statement on its website. “We are
proud to be part of a company that shares Fungible’s vision and
will leverage the Fungible DPU and software to enhance its storage
and networking offerings.”
The Fungible team will join Microsoft’s data center infrastructure
engineering teams, Bablani said.
Bertrand Serlet at Microsoft — albeit quietly — is an outcome I certainly wouldn’t have imagined circa 2006, when he skewered the then-still-in-beta Windows Vista on stage at WWDC. Maybe the funniest 4 minutes of an Apple keynote ever.