EMC has strengthened its information lifecycle management strategy with the acquisition of grid software from information management supplier Acxiom. The data storage provider also plans to work with Acxiom to develop a hosted grid computing service.
EMC bought Acxiom's grid software for £17m. The technology was developed to help users manage their information and carry out business faster.
EMC, known for its Clariion storage range, has also acquired information management businesses Documentum and Legato over the past few years.
EMC and Acxiom plan to jointly develop and market an information grid system available as a hosted service from Acxiom.
The project will provide a new utility computing option for users. IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Sun already offer such on-demand computing services, where computing resources are delivered as and when required.
EMC said the move would help users take advantage of a more scalable, flexible grid-based information infrastructure.
Ian Baird, chief technology officer for grid and utility computing at EMC, said, "The grid software EMC has acquired can be the engine for any enterprise grid deployment as it is a fully integrated stack of grid middleware tools including the portals, user interfaces, data integration and workflow and workload management security.
"The grid technology allows EMC to link information with the overall infrastructure it is deployed on, and the applications that use it, to provide a world where information lifecycle management is closely tied to information resource lifecycle management."