Quantum Acquires VM Management Specialist Pancetera

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-14 Print this article Print

Pancetera claims its software lowers both the complexity and cost of managing and protecting data in virtual server environments.

Backup/recovery and archive specialist Quantum added specialized software for protecting data in virtual machines in its DXi and StorNext product lines when it acquired Pancetera Software on June 14.

The $12 million transaction comprised $8.4 million in cash and $3.6 million in Quantum common stock (approximately 1.2 million shares), Quantum said.

Keeping control of and protecting data running on virtual machines in a diversified IT system is a difficult chore, to say the least. Pancetera claims its software lowers both the complexity and cost of managing and protecting data in virtual server environments.

Virtual machines tend to multiple quickly over time--depending upon workload needs--and are often problematic to control. Thus, an increasing number of large enterprises are looking for more automated help in this area.

Server virtualization provides significant economic and flexibility benefits, primarily because fewer servers are needed to handle standard workloads. However, virtualization has created new problems connected to data storage; this includes both primary storage and backup systems.

Virtual machines contain large amounts of redundant data, and most backup applications store this data many times over, which can lead to a huge waste of storage and server resources. This lengthens backup windows and consumes unnecessary network bandwidth and power from the walls.

Quantum's deduplication feature will work with Pancetera's data management software to save only necessary files and blocks and make them immediately available to any user in the system when needed.

Pancetera is already compatible with Quantum's DXi disk backup and deduplication products. Quantum said it plans to further integrate the technology into its longer-term roadmaps for both DXi and its StorNext high-performance file sharing and archive products.

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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