CA Buys Storage Software Startup

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CA is bulking up its storage management strength with the acquisition of a Waltham, Mass., software startup.

CA will use the failover and data replication tools from XOsoft to flesh out its BrightStor ARCserve Backup product line, the Islandia, N.Y., vendor said Tuesday. CA did not disclose what it paid for the privately held company.

Posted on XOsoft's Web site is a letter to the vendor's reseller partners from Gary Quinn, CA's executive vice president in charge of channels. The one page letter praised the deal and ensured that XOsoft's products will continue to be supported and developed.

"At CA, your partnership matters to us," Quinn said in the letter.

Ken Nelson, CEO of Rentech, a Nashville-based XOsoft partner that provides managed services such as hosting, said he hopes CA will be as good of a partner as XOsoft has been.

"We've enjoyed working with XOsoft," said Nelson. "Their products do what they say they will do. We expect the same with CA," he said.

XOsoft has about 150 VARs, two thirds of which are in North America, said XOSoft CEO Leonid Shtilman. The vendor's data protection software, which can replicate file servers and databases for backup to Windows servers, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft IIS and Oracle, is also resold by BMC Software, Houston, as part of BMC's SQL-BackTrack product, said Shtilman.

CA will leave things pretty much how they are with XOsoft, with XOsoft resellers becoming CA resellers of the rebranded product, and the BMC deal intact, said Bob Davis, senior vice president and general manager of CA's storage business. "We are not going to break anything that is working today," he said.

XOsoft brings four main products to CA. WANSyncHA provides high availability failover and disaster recovery solutions to Exchange, SQL, Oracle, and file servers. Enterprise Rewinder is a continuous data protection (CDP) software that backs up changes to data as they happen to allow users to go back to previous versions of their data at any point in time in case that data is lost or corrupted. WANSyncCD is an application that distributes a company's content to branch offices. And InMotion automates the migration and maintenance of Exchange.

CDP has become an important part of the storage market, with several startups offering CDP solutions or being acquired. For instance, EMC in May purchased data replication and CDP developer Kashya for $153 million. And Herzliya, Israel-based Exanet said on Monday it is adding CDP to its clustered NAS software.

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