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NetApp Annexes Alacritus

Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) will pay $11 million to acquire Alacritus Software Inc. and bring two emerging disk backup technologies into its portfolio (see Netapp Acquires Alacritus).

NetApp executives have identified disk-based backup as one of the fastest growing areas of network storage. By buying Alacritus, NetApp picks up virtual tape library (VTL) and continuous data protection (CDP) expertise. NetApp expects the Alacritus deal to close by the end of the month.

Quick review: VTLs write data to disk in the same format used for tape backups, but the backup and recovery speeds are faster. CDP products continually record data changes and store only the changes. CDP also allows recovery from any point in the past instead of only at fixed intervals.

Amit Pandey, VP of NetApps enterprise disk unit, says NetApp is interested in both of Alacritus’s product lines, though Alacritus was more advanced along the VTL front with its Securitus product. NetApp has resold that product since December with its storage systems (see Alacritus, NetApp Deliver Virtual Tape).

Pandey says NetApp will make a few tweaks to Securitus after the deal closes “to make it look and feel like a NetApp product," though what NetApp will name it hasn't been determined. NetApp will then look at exactly how it can bring its own technology to the VTL space, he says.

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