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Breece Hill Avails Itself of Software

Breece Hill LLC bought its software partner Avail Solutions LLC today, with the intention of developing more enterprise-friendly features (see Breece Hill Acquires Avail).

Breece Hill has been shipping Avails Integrity data management software with its iStoRA 4000 disk-to-disk-to-tape device launched in May (see Breece Hill Unveils Disk Backup).

With 1.5 Tbytes of SATA drives, the iStoRA 4000 is aimed at SMBs, but Breece Hill’s director of business development Christopher Stone says they plan to target the enterprise next year in hopes that the disk-backup market will grow (see Byte and Switch Insider). Software is among the key differentiators in disk-backup products, and buying Avail gives Breece greater control of the "direction" its backup appliances can take [ed.note: not downwards, one assumes].

Stone says the decision to buy Avail was easy because most of the hard evaluation work was done before Breece Hill rolled out its appliance. Back then, it was only looking for software to run on its appliance, instead of a company to buy (see Avail Offers SMB Backup).

“We were looking at CommVault Systems, looking at BakBone Software... we did a lot of looking until we found what we wanted,” Stone says. “We’re the guy who liked the product so much he bought the company.”

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