Dell Acquires Dedupe Specialist Ocarina Networks

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-07-19 Print this article Print

Ocarina brings second-generation deduplication capability to bundle inside Dell's EqualLogic storage product line, which is aimed primarily at unstructured data in midrange enterprise-size data centers.

Dell, continuing to bring innovative young companies into its realm, revealed late on July 19 that it acquiring San Jose, Calif.-based storage deduplication software provider Ocarina Networks. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ocarina brings second-generation deduplication capability to bundle inside Dell's EqualLogic storage product line, which is aimed primarily at unstructured data in  midrange enterprise-size data centers.

Ocarina's open-standards software includes compression. The hybrid application is designed to snap easily into existing storage systems to enable users to store the same amount of data on significantly fewer disks.

The company said its Ocarina Optimizers have shrunk more than 1 billion files in tests with early support customers. Ocarina's three-step software line-called Extract, Correlate and Optimize-can deduplicate file types that include e-mail, photos, video, Microsoft Office files and industry-specific file types for energy, media, medicine and genomics applications.

Dell earlier this month bought data center automation specialist Scalent Systems, and in February it acquired application virtualization provider KACE.

Ocarina Networks was founded in 2007. Dell said it expects to complete the acquisition by the end of the month. After closing, Dell said it plans to maintain and invest in additional engineering and sales capability. There are no plans to move the current operations.

Ocarina was featured this past week in an eWEEK slideshow on "17 Promising Storage Companies Flying Under the Radar." Suddenly, Ocarina isn't under anybody's radar anymore.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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