Hewlett Packard is to buy OuterBay, a supplier of archiving software for enterprise applications and databases.
OuterBay's technology adds to HP's growing family of information lifecycle management (ILM) products.
The acquisition follows HP's purchases of AppIQ and Peregrine Systems, and is aimed at boosting the company's server, storage and software offerings.
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The company said OuterBay's technology will help users manage the retention of information in their databases more easily, in the same manner that the retention of their e-mail is strategically managed.
HP said OuterBay's technology would also enable IT organisations to improve database performance by up to 80%.
OuterBay's database technology is aimed at users deploying Oracle, SQLServer and Sybase databases, as well as major enterprise applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite, SAP and Peoplesoft.
"OuterBay builds on HP's enterprise portfolio to help companies get more from their mission-critical database environments," said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, Storageworks division, HP.
"Sixty percent of our HP Integrity server customers are running Oracle applications and databases today, making this a key capability for our existing customers."