Data back-up and disaster recovery company, StorageCraft, has acquired flash and HDD based scale-out NAS storage business, Exablox. The US company produces flash and HDD based scale-out NAS storage solutions using object storage architecture.
The acquisition of Exablox follows StorageCraft’s purchase of file-analytics company, Gillware Data Services, in September last year. This deal added data-intelligence technology to StorageCraft’s portfolio.
According to StorageCraft, both StorageCraft and Exablox have joined forces to focus on helping businesses analyse, protect, and store their data.
The purchase follows StorageCraft’s recent distribution agreement with Exablox, based on the complementary benefits of the two companies’ products. The agreement - made in October last year - combined Exablox’s OneBlox scale-out storage solutions with StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect software.
StorageCraft CEO, Matt Medeiros, said the new entity is the first company to bring together a new approach that recognises the blurring lines between primary and secondary storage, in addition to between data availability and data protection.
“StorageCraft continues to build its portfolio to fuel hyper-growth. By adding Exablox’s converged mid-market storage technology we go from business continuity to the data management market. Our customers’ businesses operate non-stop.
“At the same time that their data volumes are exploding, their uptime requirements are becoming more stringent. We now have the unique ability to address both of these problems and to do so with a solution that has groundbreaking scalability,” he said.
Medeiros said StorageCraft’s acquisition will benefit its IT channel and managed service provider network as it provides the current and future customers of the combined company with a complete and competitive family of enterprise products for analysing, protecting, and storing information, including data analytics, data protection, and data storage.
Exablox CEO, Douglas Brockett, said the acquisition is a positive move as customers’ business requirements have changed, and they’re looking for a single architecture that has the capability to serve in both roles.
“As a fast-growing scale-out storage company, our customers use OneBlox for both high-performance, scale-out primary storage as well as for secondary applications. Joining forces with StorageCraft allows us to deliver a more powerful solution with increased data protection and analytics capabilities for our customers.”
Exablox’s customers include Fortune 500 companies, research and educational institutions, technology innovators, and government entities, which StorageCraft will also acquire as a result of this purchase. Brockett said Exablox customers and partners will continue to be supported by their existing contacts to ensure a seamless transition.
The deal, when finalised, will also see Brockett remain with the company as president and report directly to Medeiros.