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GlassHouse Grabs Israeli Firms

GlassHouse Technologies is said to be buying Israeli storage firms MBI Advanced Computer Systems and Integrity Systems in an attempt to bolster its backup story and boost its presence on the other side of the Atlantic.

The storage service provider refused to comment on the deals, although a spokesperson told Byte and Switch that the firm will be making an announcement next week. There is also no information on financial terms of the acquisitions, though Israeli technology Website Globes estimates that GlassHouse paid a total of around $24 million for the two firms.

At least one analyst thinks that acquiring MBI and Integrity Systems would make perfect sense for GlassHouse. "This is very much in line with the direction they are going," says Mike Karp, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. "They are trying to extend their IT consulting into additional areas, particularly storage."

MBI is a systems integrator specializing in areas such as security, virtualization, and backup and recovery. The vendor has a strong presence in both Israel and Europe, listing Unilever and telecom firm Orange as customers.

Integrity, which is MBI's sister company, sells software products for monitoring the performance of storage systems and backup processes. In 2002, Integrity licensed its Backup Operator Manager (BOM) software to Legato. Legato's software is now sold as EMC's NetWorker Operations. (See Legato Plays Nice With QLogic SANbox, Pacific Coast Picks Legato, and Legato Supports Windows .)

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