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GlassHouse Picks Auspex's Bones

Storage consulting firm GlassHouse Technologies Inc. has netted around 330 customer support contracts from bankrupt NAS vendor Auspex Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPX) (see GlassHouse Buys Auspex Unit).

Auspex, a pioneer in the NAS space, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April and laid off most of its employees (see Auspex Shuts Down).

Under the terms of the deal, GlassHouse has agreed to assume responsibility for Auspex's existing support contracts and will pay $280,000 in cash to Auspex's creditors. GlassHouse, which expects the deal to close by the end of June, says it didn't bid for Auspex's intellectual property or R&D assets.

"This lets us engage in a business that is, quite frankly, complementary to what we do," says Mark Shirman, GlassHouse's president and CEO. "It gives us a recurring revenue model."

Auspex has 234 active customers in the U.S., which include Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT). In addition, Auspex had 100 customers in Europe that are currently unsupported after the company shut down its operations in the region. GlassHouse will continue to outsource break/fix maintenance services through NCR Corp.