Hewlett-Packard to Acquire Virtualizer PolyServe

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-02-26 Print this article Print

Terms were not disclosed in the deal for the privately held Oregon company, which is expected to give HP a large virtualization boost.

Hewlett-Packard said late on Feb. 26 it has agreed to acquire privately owned PolyServe, a Beaverton, Ore.-based provider of storage virtualization software for application and file-serving utilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP expects the transaction to close within 60 days. PolyServe, which has 117 employees, will be integrated into the StorageWorks division in HPs Technology Solutions Group.
PolyServe software works with hardware such as HP ProLiant servers and HPs large portfolio of storage arrays to consolidate and virtualize NAS (nework-attached storage) in Linux or Windows environments. With this software, information from file or database servers can be consolidated into a single, shared pool of storage that is highly available and can scale to match business demands, an HP spokesperson said.
PolyServe is one of the few companies that offers database virtualization utilities for Microsofts SQL Server, Oracle, SAP, MySQL, PosgreSQL and other high-end enterprise DBs. Adds to HPs virtualization portfolio Researcher IDC has predicted that the storage virtualization market will grow more than 14.4 percent through 2010, an HP spokesperson told eWEEK. The acquisition will allow HP to extend its NAS technology to blades, the fastest-growing segment of the storage market. HP unveiled its first dedicated storage blade server last October. PolyServe, founded in 1999, has more than 500 customers in a variety of industries, including finance, energy and technology, director of product marketing for the PolyServe Database Utility Scott Campbell told eWEEK. "Our two-year relationship with PolyServe has convinced us that its technology will help accelerate HPs growth and complement our HP StorageWorks, ProLiant and BladeSystem businesses," said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, StorageWorks Division, HP. "The combination of PolyServe software and industry-standard HP hardware can help customers consolidate individual silos of storage, reduce complexity in their IT infrastructures, increase agility and lower IT costs." PolyServe has a Microsoft development center in Bellevue, Wash. It also has sales and support offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, London, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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