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EMC Coughs Up for Kashya

EMC acquired startup Kashya for $153 million today to try and boost its Invista virtualization product while adding to its continuous data protection (CDP) and heterogeneous replication platforms. (See EMC Pays $153M for Kashya.)

Kashya's KBX500 appliance handles remote and local replication and CDP for disaster recovery. (See Kashya Unveils Next-Gen CDP.) Although sold as an appliance, the company will join EMC as part of its Software Group.

The price tag may be steep for a company that raised $22 million in funding over three rounds and was barely a year into generating revenue. But Kashya claims about 75 customers, and its technology could help EMC plug missing pieces into the Invista platform.

Mark Geel, marketing director for EMC's storage infrastructure group, says EMC will sell Kashya's current product as a standalone appliance while integrating Kashya's software into EMC wares. He expects Kashya technology to provide remote replication for Invista by the end of this year.

Like the Invista appliance, Kashya's box is an out-of-band, split-path architecture product. (See Spaid Breaks Ground.) It also is qualified to work with the intelligent switches from Brocade and Cisco that support Invista.

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