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HP Hops on OuterBay

Hewlett-Packard made another foray into the storage market today, snapping up privately held archiving specialist OuterBay Technologies for an undisclosed fee. (See HP Acquires OuterBay.)

The move follows HPs acquisition of storage management vendor AppIQ and IT asset management specialist Peregrine Systems last year, deals said to be worth a total of more than $600 million. (See HP Chomps AppIQ & Peregrine and HP Acquires Peregrine.)

This time, HP is attempting to boost its database story. The move also reflects HP’s desire to make an impact in the Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) space, as users look to shift their data between different "tiers" of storage.

OuterBay offers a number of archiving products. These include LiveArchive, an online database archive for applications such as SAP and Oracle, and Encapsulated Archive for long-term data retention. (See Oracle Validates OuterBay and OuterBay Integrates With SAP.) The startup has managed to rack up around a 100 customers dotted across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. (See OuterBay Grabs Bunch of Customers and ArvinMeritor.)

U.K.-based manufacturing firm Denby Pottery is one of these customers, and Mark Allcock, Denby’s IT manager, welcomes the deal. “I think that it will be a good thing... They are probably going to get much wider support than they had previously.”

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