EMC makes another software buy

EMC is stepping up its efforts to dominate the storage software market with the acquisition of Astrum Software Corporation, a privately owned supplier of storage resource management (SRM) software.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  April 16, 2003

EMC is stepping up its efforts to dominate the storage software market with the acquisition of Astrum Software Corporation, a privately owned supplier of storage resource management (SRM) software.

Astrum Software provides products for SME companies’ network management solutions, with automated file management, reporting and capacity utilisation capabilities. Around 30 employees will transfer to EMC as part of the deal.

“Astrumm Software will help us provide our mid-tier customers with a more comprehensive view of their storage resources and further simplify the implementation and management of networked storage,” said Erez Ofer, EMC’s vice-president for Open Software Operations. “The addition of Astrum Software’s technology and talented storage software team will widen the options available to customers running storage networks of varying sizes.”

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, is EMC’s ninth software company acquisition in the last three years as it continues to position itself away from being a hardware-only provider. In recent years it has seen itself come under increasing pressure from rivals IBM and Hitachi Data Systems in this market.

According to Gartner Dataquest figures, EMC is now the world’s leading storage management software company, with 25.6% revenue share of the $4.7bn market. However such figures generally include software that is sold with EMC’s own storage array products.

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