Hewlett-Packard has purchased network file virtualization vendor Polyserve for an undisclosed sum. (See HP Acquires Polyserve.)
The deal, expected to close within 60 days, is the latest milestone in a two-year OEM relationship between HP and Polyserve. It comes just days after HP announced HP StorageWorks EVA File Services, an HP gateway and PolyServe software bundled for shipment in March with several HP SAN arrays to create a file- and block-based solution for corporate data centers. (See HP Boosts Enterprise NAS.)
The move also comes as HP attempts to rally its slumping storage revenues by reorganizing storage products and reviewing its channel options. (See HP Targets SMB Backup and HP's New Unit Meant to Spur Storage.) Polyserve will become part of HP's StorageWorks division.
"We see a lot of opportunities in combining Polyserve's capabilities with HP's larger business areas, such as Proliant, SAN, and blade products," says Donovan Nickel, VP, NAS, for the HP StorageWorks division. "Combined, we felt we'd offer a stronger combination as we go to market with various sales and support partners around the world."
Neither HP nor Polyserve will comment on the fate of the partnerships Polyserve already has with EqualLogic, 3PAR, Verari, DataDirect Networks, and others. For now, it's all systems "go," Nickel says. No changes.