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Softek Joins IBM

In buying Softek today, IBM said adding the software migration vendor to its lineup will enable it to offer ready-made storage services. (See IBM Acquires Softek.)

Softek's flagship Transparent Data Migration Facility (TDMF) software is aimed at easing the process of moving data from one storage system to another reliably and without disrupting processing -- a problem that's increased exponentially along with the flood of data hitting enterprise networks. (See New Pills for Migration Headaches.)

Softek has had a 10-year partnership with IBM, which has escalated with Softek's performance. (See Softek, IBM Advance Partnership.) Softek's wares are OEM'd or resold by a range of other players, including Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, HDS, HP, and Sun. Competitors include Brocade; CA, via its acquisition of XOsoft; Double-Take Software, which recently went public; and Kashya -- to name just a few. (See Double-Take, Isilon Go Public.) The company claims over 10,000 licenses sold and counts British Telecom, KeyCorp, and Lufthansa among its customers.

IBM plans to sell Softek's products outright and as part of integration efforts and managed service engagements. IBM will retain most of Softek's employees in its Vienna, Va., office, including about 123 sales associates.

Softek CEO Steven Murphy, who has led the company since its 2004 management-led buyout from Fujitsu, will become a VP of data mobility solutions in IBM's Storage and Data Services business unit, which is part of IBM Global Technology Services.

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