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Storability Promises Viability

The head of Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek)s (NYSE: STK)
Storability Software division says he expects to do more than prop up the parent company’s information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. He intends for Storability to maintain its identity as a storage resource management software company and successfully compete with independent SRM vendors.

That could be easier said than done. After all, Storability became part of StorageTek because it failed to stand on its own. StorageTek saved Storability from the scrap heap when it bought it for around $17 million in September (see StorageTek Salvages Storability).

After considering making Storability part of its ILM Solutions group, StorageTek decided to make it an independent division under StorageTek veteran Joel Kimball (see StorageTek Names Storability Boss). As division president, Kimball replaces Storability CEO Tim Leisman, who left in November.

Other than that, Storability looks a lot like it did before the sale. It maintains its Southborough, Mass. headquarters with nearly its entire team intact, and the company brought out its latest release of its Global Storage Manager (GSM) 4 product on schedule this week (see Storability Releases Global Storage Manager).

“I’m the only StorageTekker there,” Kimball says. “The Storability brand remains. We’re a software company, and that’s the label we want to have.”

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