Hewlett-Packard is purchasing Mercury Interactive Corp., a maker of business management software, for $4.5 billion. The deal, expected to close late this year, represents HP's biggest acquisition since it paid $19 billion for Compaq Computer Corp. in 2002.
ATTO Technology's iPBridge 2600 and iPBridge 1550 iSCSI-to-SCSI bridge products have successfully completed interoperability testing with IBM's Ultrium tape library products and have been confirmed as IBM System Storage Proven.
3PAR announced a complete Utility Computing environment with IBM System p5 servers, a platform that doubles server and storage utilization and halves provisioning time and complexity, according to company claims. The integration of 3PAR InServ Storage Servers featuring 3PAR Thin Provisioning and 3PAR Dynamic Optimization with IBM System p5 servers featuring Advanced Power Virtualization and Virtual I/O provides customers with a completely virtualized IBM AIX data center in two floor tiles. 3PAR also announced the availability of its Multipath I/O (MPIO) for IBM AIX, high-availability software for AIX servers attached to 3PAR InServ arrays.
Avamar Technologies is a principal partner in the Sun Partner Advantage Program for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). The company has also joined Hitachi Data Systems' Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner program.