Dantz Delves Into Virtualization, to Acquire Viathan

Dantz Software this week announced plans to acquire long-term partner and storage virtualization software vendor Viathan for an undisclosed amount.

The company will reportedly leverage Viathan's virtualization capabilities to extend its market presence from its core backup-and-recovery business into the storage management arena. The focus, say Dantz officials, will be on solving a broad range of storage management issues and on expanding beyond data backup, recovery, and archival.

Two-year-old Viathan has reportedly developed a flexible scalable infrastructure for "virtualizing" and managing network-attached storage (NAS) devices. According to the company, the infrastructure, which sits between clients and heterogeneous storage devices, allows users to add an infinite number of storage devices on-demand with minimum intervention and with no re-programming of clients. The storage environment appears to the user a single "virtual" unit. Additional diagnosis, management, and data-access features are available.

Dantz's flagship Retrospect backup-and-recovery software is currently available

in four editions for desktop, server, and workgroup Windows and Mac environments.

Larry Zulch will continue on as CEO and president of the combined company; Viathan will maintain its development center in Seattle, WA. Viathan investors include SBVC, ARTCH Venture Partners, and Madrona Venture.

This article was originally published on October 04, 2001