NetApp to Acquire Data-Protection Firm Topio

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-11-08 Print this article Print

The $160 million acquisition will allow EMC, HP and HDS users to create data clones instantly without needing additional software or storage.

NetApp revealed Nov. 8 that the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company intends to acquire neighboring Topio Software, a privately held Santa Clara, Calif.-based company with R&D in Haifa, Israel, for approximately $160 million in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition is expected to close in December. Topio will become a new business unit within NetApp, and its research and development team will continue to operate in Israel, a NetApp spokesperson said. Topio is known within the data protection industry for home-grown software that helps customers replicate, recover and protect data over any distance—regardless of the underlying server or storage infrastructure, the spokesperson said.
Topios products will augment NetApps data management solutions that enable enterprises to replicate their production data on any vendor system—including EMC, HP or HDS—to any NetApp storage system, the spokesperson said.
The joint capabilities of Topio and NetApp will deliver data protection, data migration and data cloning, the spokesperson said. "The average enterprise creates and stores anywhere between 10 and 20 copies of its data, including testing and application development data," said Jay Kidd, NetApp senior vice president and general manager, Emerging Products Group. Read more here about NetApp and CommVaults storage package for SMBs. "This is both expensive and time-consuming. With the addition of Topio, enterprises using legacy storage systems [now] can create working data copies in seconds while dramatically decreasing overall storage requirements. This not only provides immediate cost savings, but also allows companies to accelerate their application test and development to bring their products to market much more quickly." Topio software will enable users to consolidate all of their DR data onto a single NetApp platform and use that DR copy for such business applications as testing and reporting. This empowers customers to implement a tiered DR infrastructure for greater operational efficiencies. The acquisition continues to expand the NetApp heterogeneous data protection portfolio. Topio adds DR capabilities to existing disk-to-disk backup solutions from NetApp, which include NearStore VTL for heterogeneous data center backup, Open Systems SnapVault for remote office backup and SnapVault for NetBackup, a solution jointly engineered with Symantec and optimized for NetBackup in any storage environment. Topio will also help enable NetApp to increase its presence in the data center with Fibre Channel SAN by helping accelerate migration of customers using legacy storage systems onto NetApp SAN storage systems. 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 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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