Hitachi Snaps up Backup Specialist Sepaton

Posted on August 14, 2014 By Pedro Hernandez

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Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has acquired Sepaton, announced Sean Moser, vice president of Software Platforms Product Management for the company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Underscoring the importance of having a "sound data protection strategy", Moser wrote in a blog post that he was "pleased to announce that Hitachi Data Systems has acquired Sepaton, a leader in incredibly fast, scalable, and cost-efficient purpose-built backup appliances (PBBA)." Sepaton will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary, he added.

Sepaton is a Marlborough, Mass.-based backup and recovery company that specializes in Big Data protection. Sepaton and HDS have a history together, said Moser. The company's "have partnered for many years, and have a number of mutual customers," he added.

Unveiled last year, its NAS-based VirtuoSO backup platform employs adaptive deduplication and automated workload rebalancing features to quickly backup massive amounts of data while consuming minimal amounts of storage capacity. A single-node, 36 TB VirtuoSO setup can sustain throughput rates of 7.9 TB per hour, a figure that jumps to 126 TB per hour for a 16-node configuration.

The company's product portfolio includes a line of secure backup and virtual tape library (VTL) appliances, the latter of which ship with software that uses a technology called byte-level differential deduplication to speed up and slim down Oracle database backups. "For example, unique and patented Sepaton deduplication technology can squeeze up to 25TB of data into only 1TB of storage," said Moser.

Now Sepaton's tech and its 3,000 customers will help Hitachi expand its own data center portfolio into enterprise data protection.

The deal, said Moser, will better enable his company to help "customers reduce the cost of protection, enable more data to be protected against disaster, and offer greater flexibility in where or how it is protected."

It's also an opportunity to tap into a growing market. Citing a forecast from IT market research firm IDC, Moser stated that the "[purpose-built backup appliance] market will see a CAGR of 19.2 percent to about US $5.3B in 2015," despite signs that the data protection market has matured.

The Sepaton buy is part of an underlying data protection strategy that involves a portfolio of interconnected IT solutions, said Moser. "We intend to leverage this team to aggressively develop next generation solutions that will integrate with other HDS assets such as storage and copy creation / management software," he said.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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