EMC acquires storage software firm Astrum


EMC acquires storage software firm Astrum

EMC has augmented its storage resource management software portfolio by buying privately-held Astrum Software for an undisclosed sum.

With the acquisition, EMC will be able to provide mid-tier customers with a more comprehensive view of their storage resources, said Barry Ader, director of open software marketing at EMC. The software will also simplify the implementation and management of networked storage.

EMC will take over Astrum's storage resource management products for multi-platform, mid-tier storage environments. The acquisition is not subject to any approvals, Ader said.

Customers will start seeing Astrum's storage resource management products in EMC storage area network (San) products very quickly, said Ader. The software will complement the VisualSAN San management software on CLARiion arrays, he said. While VisualSAN helps customers better manage storage area networks, Astrum's software will help to better manage storage resources, he said. Astrum's software will ship separately from VisualSAN.

A new version, Astrum 1.5, was released recently. This helps monitor and manage storage through a centralised, web-based management console.

This is EMC's ninth software company acquisition since 2000. "Mid-tier customers were looking to help themselves to manage storage resources better, manage utilisation rates and get a better handle on managing storage resources. Astrum fits the bill perfectly," Ader said.

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