EMC is expanding in the grid computing arena by buying a grid business information software platform from Acxiom for $30m (£18m). With the acquisition, it will also take on on 100 of its development staff to aid research into the technology.
The deal will see EMC and Acxiom work jointly on developing and marketing an Acxiom-hosted and Acxiom-branded information grid for end customers over the next two years.
During that period the pair will also work on producing a non-hosted version of the technology for firms to deploy within their own IT environments.
Grid computing is seen as a way for companies to increase the use of their computing resources in response to their flexible business needs, and an opportunity to improve access to business information and data workflow.
Although EMC will now own the information grid software, Acxiom will be able to continue to use it and develop it to serve its own business information grid customers.
Around 100 Acxiom developers will now also be housed in a new EMC business information grid incubation unit, alongside a number of EMC developers specialising in the technology.