By Dave Simpson
Sun Microsystems recently announced an agreement to acquire LSC Inc., a developer of high-performance file system and storage management software for the Solaris operating system. The move came on the heels of Sun's acquisition of HighGround Systems, a developer of storage resource management (SRM) software (InfoStor, January, p. 16).
LSC's software has been targeted mainly at high-end applications, such as seismic analysis, imaging, oil and gas, and content distribution. The Eagan, MN company's products include the QFS file system and the Storage Archive Manager File System (SAM-FS), both for Solaris environments.
"SAN and NAS are going to converge, and it's all going to be about a storage domain that's intelligent, self-managing, and based on storage objects," says Bill Groth, Sun's director of enterprise storage product marketing, "and the problems associated with that are very similar to the problems that LSC's high-end customers face in terms of scalability and management."
Groth admits that Sun is acquiring LSC as much - or more - for the company's expertise and underlying technologies than for LSC's existing products (although Sun will continue to support and enhance those products).
LSC's QFS is designed to reduce file system performance bottlenecks, and provide support for file sharing in storage area network (SAN) environments. The SAM-FS software suite is a 64-bit file system and volume manager with storage and archive management features.
Sun will acquire the privately-held LSC for approximately $74 million in a stock-for-stock transaction. Upon completion of the acquisition, Sun plans to make LSC a part of the Sun Network Storage organization, which is led by executive vice president Janpieter Scheerder.