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Microsoft Snaps Up Sybari

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has again opened its M&A wallet in an attempt to secure key data center hardware.

Following hot on the heels of the deal to snap up spyware specialist Giant Company Software Inc., Microsoft today announced its acquisition of anti-virus vendor Sybari Software Inc. (see Microsoft Acquires Giant and Microsoft Acquires Sybari).

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it's not known yet whether the Sybari will retain all of its employees or its headquarters in East Northport, N.Y. Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., has been using Sybari's products to protect its own communications infrastructure for the last eight months.

Sybaris story is all about protecting messaging servers from viruses, worms, and spam. The vendor offers a range of products covering the likes of instant messaging, Microsoft Exchange, and Lotus Domino.

It's a strategic move for Microsoft, according to Maxine Holt, senior research analyst at Butler Group. "There is an element of PR behind this latest deal. They need to be seen doing more with security, and this is one way to do it,” she says. “It’s good for their customer relations to be seen doing this.”

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