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Google Plucks Postini

The worlds of storage and security continue to converge, as search giant Google throws down $625 million in cash for archiving specialist Postini. (See Google Acquires Postini and Who Makes What: Security Appliances.)

Google's also aiming to boost its hosted services story.

Postini is one of a number of vendors, including Iron Mountain and Zantaz, that offer managed archiving services, touting the ability to securely handle users' emails and instant messages (See Managed Email: Who's Watching?, Postini Picks Archivas, and Postini Paves Way.) In all, Postini claims 35,000 companies worldwide deploy its solution.

Last week, Zantaz was bought by data search specialist Autonomy. (See Autonomy Acquires Zantaz for $375M, Autonomy Acquires Zantaz, and Microsoft Pulls In FrontBridge.)

Google is looking to build Postini's email and IM offerings into its own Google Apps portfolio of hosted services, which includes Gmail and Google Talk. (See Google's Creative Block and Energizing Exchange.)

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