IBM Picks Up Remote Data Backup Help

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-04-10 Print this article Print

The acquisition of FilesX enhances Big Blue's data recovery offerings for remote offices.

IBM announced April 10 that it has acquired FilesX, a privately held storage software company based in Newton, Mass., and Haifa, Israel, that specializes in continuous data protection for enterprises with remote or branch offices.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close within the next several weeks, IBM Director of Storage Software Kelly Beavers told eWEEK.

FilesX brings to IBM an "advanced data protection technique," Beavers said, that Big Blue had to a certain extent in its Tivoli Data Protection Suite but did not do quite well enough -- remote office backup and replication.

"FilesX has a patented technique they call 'Instant Recovery,'" Beavers said. "IBM being IBM, we're going to rebrand it 'Near-Instant Recovery' ... nonetheless, when a file server goes down or offline, this feature reroutes the data line from the affected server directly to the backup server in a matter of seconds. Most of the time the users won't even know there was a [backend] problem."

FilesX, whose flagship product, Xpress Restore CDP, is designed specifically for file servers, can keep applications up and running without discord as a result of this fast recovery process, Beavers said.

FilesX's products will join Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files, which is designed for laptop and desktop usage, in the IBM catalog, Beavers said.

FilesX, founded in 2000, employs 44 people and has more than 100 customers in the United States and Israel, spanning government, education, health care, financial services and manaufacturing, Beavers said.

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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