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BakBone Nabs Constant Data

In a move designed to improve its market position, BakBone Software has purchased data replication vendor Constant Data Inc., of Hopkins, Minn., for $5.5 million in cash and contingency payments. (See BakBone Buys Constant Data.)

This is BakBone's first acquisition, and it comes at an important juncture for the company. Despite an ongoing financial problem that's forced BakBone to redo years of financial information, the company appears to be pressing ahead with customer wins and plans to improve its products. (See BakBone Still Out of Whack.)

Constant Data has just 10 employees, about six of whom will be joining BakBone permanently. Its customer base includes about 55 to 60 buyers of its real-time replication package.

Small potatoes compared with BakBone's 230 employees and claim of 12,000 customers. But Ken Horner, BakBone's senior VP of corporate development and strategy, says Constant Data's technology is farther along the path of continuous data protection (CDP), thanks to the way it inserts "state hooks" into replicated data to ensure rollback to a particular point in time.

Horner himself says the buy will accelerate BakBone's strategic plan to augment its replication and backup wares. (See BakBone Releases IDP .) Indeed, there's an aggressive integration plan: "Our expectation is to sell products under Constant Data's name for the next two weeks. By early December, we'll have a new product out under the BakBone brand."

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