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Rocket Blasts Off With Arkivio

After seven years as a private company, it looks like the end of the road for SRM startup Arkivio, whose assets were acquired by Rocket Software for an undisclosed fee today.

In a statement, Rocket confirmed that it bought Arkivio's software assets early last week, as well as the startup's brand name, logo, and Web address. Rocket will now use Arkivio's software to expand its existing storage business, which includes backup products for IBM DB2, EMC Symmetrix, and Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).

Precise details of what happened at Arkivio are yet to emerge, although the startup has not been without its problems. In 2003, Howard Silver, the firm's senior vice president of engineering, quit, citing "irreconcilable differences" with the company, which was apparently struggling to find customers and funds.

Arkivio's flagship product is its Auto-Stor data classification product, which it has been touting as a way to manage storage for ILM. The software is certified to work with EMC's Centera CAS platform, and Arkivio has also forged similar deals with Hitachi, NAS vendor Plasmon, and Microsoft acquisition target Fast Search & Transfer.

The Auto-Stor offering is also OEM'd by CA within its BrightStor product line, where it is used for data classification.

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