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NetApp Grabs Topio

Network Appliance moved to beef up its data protection software today by acquiring replication startup Topio for $160 million. (See NetApp Pockets Topio.)

Topio is NetApp's answer to EMC's $153 million pickup of replication and CDP startup Kashya last May. (See EMC Coughs Up for Kashya.) EMC plunked down another $165 million on data de-duplication vendor Avamar last week. (See EMC Picks Up Avamar.)

Topio's Data Protection Suite (TDPS) enables replication between different vendors' hardware, a capability NetApp plans to use to let customers replicate and migrate data from EMC, Hewlett-Packard, and Hitachi Data Systems arrays to its own.

NetApp also intends to build Topio's replication into its NearStore Virtual Tape Library (VTL) and SnapVault remote office backup products. Like EMC did with its recent acquisitions, NetApp is looking to beef up its disk-backup capabilities.

"I guess they're trying to keep up with EMC," analyst Greg Schulz of The StorageIO Group says. "People may compare it to EMC buying Avamar because it's fresh in our minds, but where Topio really comes into play is against Kashya."

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