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EMC Acquires Disaster Protection Vendor

Quoting from InformationWeek

EMC has acquired Kashya, a highly regarded start-up vendor that offers data-protection solutions with key technology lacking in the storage giant's own portfolio.

Kashya is a supplier of appliances that provide disaster recovery and data replication over heterogeneous networks using continuous data protection (CDP) capability. EMC said Tuesday that it has acquired the company for $153 million, which will immediately be integrated into the company's software group headed by Dave DeWalt.

CDP, the function of backing up data in real time with the ability to have any number of recovery points, is a hot topic among storage vendors and is often described as the latest wave in disaster recovery and business continuity. Kashya, based in San Jose, Calif., is among a number of well-regarded start-ups with strong CDP functionality.

EMC plans to integrate Kashya's technology into its InVista virtualization technology.

"InVista is at the beginning of its life, and EMC has been asking itself what direction InVista would take," says Gartner analyst Robert Passmore. 'By acquiring Kashya, they have settled that question."

Rather than performing just data migration, InVista via Kaysha's technology will be able to offer multivendor remote replication and CDP, Passmore adds. A number of vendors were eyeing Kashya, he says.

Rob Emsley, senior director of EMC's software product marketing, pointed to three reasons it decided to acquire Kashya: to accelerate the delivery of network-based continuous replication and CDP to InVista; for the addition of heterogenous remote replication over Windows, Linux and Unix systems; and to incorporate CDP technology into its RecoveryPoint software, launched late last year. EMC had licensed the CDP technology for RecoveryPoint from Mendocino.

Read the entire article, here.

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2006 6:13 AM by David Marshall
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