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IBM Buys Storage Solutions Provider

IBM bought privately held Novus Consulting Group (NovusCG) of Manassas, Va., for an undisclosed sum in a deal finalized today.

NovusCG is now part of the Storage and Data Services division of IBM Global Technology Services, which earlier this year acquired Softek in a bid to strengthen its enterprise position.

NovusCG, founded in 2000, is a storage integrator and consulting company specializing in working with "super-enterprises" with multinational presence. It has just over 100 employees and claims to be managing over 25 Pbytes of storage in 60 data centers on five continents worldwide. Though commercial customers are unnamed, NovusCG claims to serve five U.S. government agencies, including the SEC and the Departments of Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services. Partners include Brocade, Cisco, CA, EDS, EMC, HDS, HP, NetApp, Oracle, Sun/StorageTek, and Symantec, among others.

Co-founder and CEO of NovusCG, Sean Garvey, will join IBM's Storage and Data Services unit as a director of issue-based services, alongside Val Rahmani, GM of infrastructure management services. Garvey will report to IBM VP of storage and data services Paul Fried.

NovusCG, headquartered in the U.S., opened an office in London in June 2007. The company specializes in consulting to large enterprise accounts on issues related to reducing complexity and establishing best practices in large, heterogeneous storage environments. "In the IT world, storage is the eye of the storm," Garvey said on a call with reporters this morning.

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