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Incentra's Strange Brew

Ten months ago, Incentra Solutions Inc. was born from an odd pairing. Now, it's looking to make the most of its unusual charter.

Incentra came about last August when Front Porch Digital, which makes digital archiving software, purchased ManagedStorage International (MSI), a provider of storage services, for $39 million in stock (see MSI's Incestuous Marriage).

At the time, the combination seemed puzzling, but the Boulder, Colo.-based company continued to wheel and deal, purchasing systems integrators PWI Technologies and Star Solutions earlier this year before completing a 10-for-1 reverse stock split on June 9 (see Incentra Completes Reverse Stock Split and Incentra Acquires STAR).

Incentra CEO Tom Sweeney says it's all part of a plan to turn Incentra into a solid public company.

Here's how it falls out: Because PWI and Star were system resellers, they allow Incentra to sell products as well as the monitoring, data protection, and management services MSI provided. So, along with its services, Incentra now resells storage systems from companies such as EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP), and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), thanks to its recent acquistions.

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