EMC is to acquire network virtualisation company Rainfinity.
The move could improve support for companies using network attached storage.
The acquisition is valued at "under $100m" (£59m), said EMC. The company said the addition would help it provide the same type of data connectivity between network attached storage systems as it does for more expensive storage area networks.
Howard Elias, EMC executive vice-president for corporate marketing, said, "With the addition of Rainfinity, EMC is extending the benefits of virtualisation to EMC and non-EMC network attached storage environments to enable more comprehensive information lifecycle management solutions, better resource management and overall operational improvement."
Rainfinity's Network File Virtualization technology gives users read/write access to Windows, Linux and Unix-based files during system migrations, regardless of where data resides.
The company said Rainfinity's heterogeneous network attached storage and file server virtualisation allows users to increase networked storage utilisation, perform non-disruptive upgrades and accelerate networked storage consolidation.