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Tacit Adds Mobiliti to Shopping List

WAFS specialist Tacit Networks Inc. is poised to buy laptop backup vendor Mobiliti Inc. for a price in the single-digit millions,” according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

The deal, set to be unveiled next week, comes at a time when IT managers are feeling the strain of securing data on laptops that can all too easily be lost or stolen. “It is a concern,” admits William Ip, CIO at Wardrop Engineering Inc., a Canadian consulting firm with 120 laptop users. “I am taking a strategic look at it.”

Wardrop already uses a WAFS product from Availl Inc., but Ip admits that there is only so much that the technology can do when it comes to security. “WAFS is intended to enhance and increase transfer of data from one place to another, it’s not backup software,” he explains.

An IT manager at an Indiana-based financial services firm, who asked not to be named, told Byte and Switch that he is also getting nervous about the data stored on his company’s laptops. “It is a pain,” he said. “As more and more users use laptops as their main platform, I think that we would need some method of synchronizing their laptop data back onto tape.”

The exec feels that, as laptop hard drives increase, users are becoming more complacent about security risks. This, he adds, makes a WAFS/backup combo increasingly attractive. “I don’t think you’re going to have a lot of instances where laptop users are going to go that extra mile" to protect their own data, he says.

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