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Hitachi Pockets Archivas

Looking to make greater inroads in archiving and compliance, Hitachi Data Systems is buying its OEM partner Archivas. (See Hitachi Bags Archivas.)

Neither side would put a price on the deal, but industry sources say it was around $100 million.

Archivas ArC (Archivas Cluster) software falls into the category often called content addressable storage (CAS). (See In Depth: CAS and Archiving Gets a Refresh.) ArC is designed to store and manage unstructured data, placing it in a repository where it can be searched and accessed quickly for compliance purposes.

HDS struck an OEM deal with Archivas a year ago in hopes of catching up with rivals in archiving. (See Hitachi Heads for the Archives and Hitachi Picks Archiving Partner.) Copan Systems, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Nexsan, and Network Appliance have hardware-based archiving system. Others taking a software approach include ByCast and Caringo.

Former New York Times CTO Andres Rodriguez founded Waltham, Mass.-based Archivas in 2003 after failing to find adequate digital archiving products. (See Archivas Arrivas.) By the time Archivas began shipping ArC software in 2004, EMC had already carved a place in the market with Centera, but Archivas positioned itself as an open and cheaper alternative.

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