HDS, IBM Both Acquire Data Protection Software Vendors

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Butterfly Software develops applications that help businesses discover, analyze and automatically migrate data center infrastructures. The company's Butterfly Suite of software can consolidate all enterprise data onto the most efficient and effective strategic technology, regardless of vendor.

Prior to the acquisition, Butterfly had partnerships with IBM, EMC, Dell and Hewlett Packard. Its software was distributed globally via Arrow ECS.

Neither HDS nor IBM offered financial details of their acquisitions.

The two acquisitions are only the latest in a series of moves by hardware vendors to add storage software to their product lines.

Dell this summer acquired Quest, a provider of a full portfolio of storage, security and management software platforms that Dell plans to use to show it is becoming a provider of complete solutions and not just the parts.

HP in 2009 acquired IBRIX, a developer of file-serving software that provides data protection, management and availability to scale-out and cloud computing environments.

EMC in 2006 acquired Avamar, a developer of deduplication software.

HDS and IBM did not respond to requests for further information.


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