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Nasuni Buys DBM’s Cloud Mobility Tech, Expanding Multi-cloud Focus

With the acquisition of DBM’s cloud-native data migration technology, Nasuni is making a bigger play for multi-cloud data management by making it easier for customers to quickly migrate data between Azure, AWS, and Google clouds.

Cloud-native global file system developer Nasuni Tuesday said it has acquired cloud-native data migration technology from DBM Cloud Systems.

Nasuni did not acquire all of DBM Cloud Systems, said Russ Kennedy, chief product officer for Boston-based Nasuni.

Instead, it acquired DBM’s technology shortly after hiring Joe Slember, DBM’s senior vice president of engineering, Kennedy told CRN.

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Slember is now the vice president of engineering for data mobility practices at Nasuni, he said. No other DBM employees joined Nasuni, he said.

Burlingame, Calif.-based DBM Cloud Systems developed technology for replicating object data across multi-cloud environments. The company, which according to Crunchbase had total funding of $4.5 million, has been a technology partner of Nasuni for over a year, Kennedy said. He said he was unsure if DBM partnered with any other vendors.

The addition of DBM to Nasuni is a big step-up in Nasuni’s multi-cloud data management capabilities, Kennedy said.

“We did this for customers who have been asking for technology to give them multi-cloud capabilities,” he said. “This now lets us easily help customers move object storage from cloud to cloud.”

Before the acquisition, the Nasuni global file system allowed cloud-to-cloud migration, Kennedy said.

“Before, we offered professional services for cloud-to-cloud migration and mobility,” he said. “But DBM’s technology is much more easy to use, and is done in the background so it is transparent to customers.”

The DBM technology, like all Nasuni’s technology, is focused on object storage, Kennedy said.

“We deliver our technology across Azure, AWS, and Google,” he said. “We are using object data to move the data today. But we’re working on enhancements for file data. But that is in the future.”

Kennedy declined to disclose the value of the acquisition, which is the first acquisition Nasuni has ever made. He said to expect further acquisitions in the future, although he declined to say in which areas.

The acquisition comes a month after Nasuni said it had secured a $60 million growth equity investment. The privately-listed company in February also said the number of enterprise customers served by the company in 2021 rose 54 percent over 2020, and that it experienced an 81-percent growth in new customer annual contract value bookings.

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