Symantec grabs CDP firm Revivio

Vendor will incorporate technology into Netbackup products

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By  Published  December 8, 2006

Symantec has bought continuous data protection (CDP) vendor Revivio in order to give it a technological advantage in an area of increasing importance in the market.

The vendor will incorporate Revivio’s technology into its line of Netbackup products and discontinue the firm’s continuous protection system offering.

CDP will allow Symantec to provide customers with continuous disk-to-disk data backup, where every file change is copied to disk.

The majority of Netbackup products are currently geared for tape backup, which means all changes to files since the last backup session are lost if the server crashes. Revivio’s technology will give Symantec’s Netbackup customers’ Exchange, SQL Server and Oracle applications increased protection.

With disk-to-disk backup increasing in popularity with customers due to the high availability it offers, Symantec needed to incorporate the technology into its products if it was to keep up with the rest of the industry.

Symantec had been working on its own CDP product, codenamed Panther, but opted to buy Revivio to speed things up.

In a statement the firm said it had acquired “substantially all of the intellectual property of Revivio” and offered jobs to some of the company’s employees.

“The technology gives Symantec a significant time-to-market advantage in launching a continuous data protection (CDP) and replication offering that will be integrated with NetBackup as well as sold as a standalone continuous data protection and replication offering,” said Kevin Isaac, regional director of Symantec Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

“CDP will give Symantec’s enterprise customers the ability to restore their critical data at any point of time using by logging all changes to disk.”

Revivio’s co-founders Michael Rowan and Kevin Rodgers and 11 other engineers have been offered work with the storage and security firm, while CEO Michael Leahy as well as 50 other staff are set to leave.

The value of the deal was not disclosed, but commentators estimated the figure to be in the region of US$20million.

Symantec’s swift capture echoes recent moves by its rivals in the CDP space. EMC bought Kashya in May for US$153million, XOSoft was picked up by CA two months later.

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