By Dave Simpson
On the heels of receiving a $20 million equity investment from Compaq, HighGround Systems has announced a technology partnership with Legato Systems. As part of the agreement, Legato has invested an undisclosed amount in HighGround, contributing to the company's $30 million financing round.
The deal underscores the growing importance of storage resource management software, the fastest-growing segment of the overall storage software market. (For more information, see the Special Report in this issue.)
Legato will incorporate High-Ground's Web-based Storage Re-source Manager (SRM) reporting and event management software into its Global Enterprise Management of Storage (GEMS) family. GEMS SRM will join GEMS Director, Reporter and SmartMedia, which provide a variety of monitoring and management functions for Legato storage resources. GEMS SRM will extend Legato's reach into the management of products such as RAID arrays and logical partitions.
"This deal gives us another distribution channel, and provides more reporting functionality for Legato Networker," says Tom Rose, vice president of advanced marketing at HighGround. The SRM module can be used to report on backup/recovery job status, resource use, and storage resource performance.
According to officials from both companies, end-user benefits from the SRM-GEMS combo will include:
- Improved service levels and data availability through proactive identification of capacity shortages and storage bottlenecks.
- Faster application rollout because of improved understanding of capacity utilization and backup requirements.
- Increased efficiency of IT staff resources.
In addition to Compaq and Legato, HighGround was expected to an-nounce two additional equity investment deals this month.