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Quantum Buys Backup Bunch

Quantum Corp. (NYSE: DSS) has acquired stealth-mode backup software startup SANlight Inc. for $8.5 million in cash (see Quantum to Buy SANlight).

The Mountain View, Calif.-based SANlight, founded in 2000, was privately held. Quantum, which already held a 7 percent stake in the startup, did not disclose the names of its investors; SANlight executives referred all inquiries to Quantum.

Quantum is cagey on what exactly the eight-member SANlight team has been up to. Nor is it especially forthcoming on what it plans to do with the company's software.

Larry Orecklin, president of Quantum's Storage Solutions Group, says that SANlight's backup, restore, and archiving software technology will be integrated into future members of the DX line of disk-based backup systems, as well as other products (see Quantum's Systems Chief Gets Hungry and Quantum Slips Disks Into Backup).

"We've been looking to accelerate our time to market and enhance our capabilities in this space," he says. "SANlight has been focused in the data-protection space... They've been working in a couple of areas that were complementary to what we were doing."

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