Its hunting season for storage management vendors, and the big boys are targeting the assets of smaller companies to augment their product lines.
The real winner, of course, wont be the company with the most acquisitions. Success will be determined by the speed and efficiency with which large vendors like EMC and Veritas can weave their newly acquired technologies into their product lines.
EMCs acquisition of Astrum Software allows it to add Storage Resource Management capabilities to its Control Center storage management offerings. Astrums file-level Active Policy-based management should make management easier for EMC customers.
Veritas big acquisitions of Precise Software Solutions and Jareva Technologies will expand Veritas capabilities beyond managing storage to managing applications and servers as well.
Plugging in these vendors technologies, while simultaneously entering the server performance and application management markets, will be a tall task for Veritas, but the potential rewards are too great to pass up.