BY DAVE SIMPSON
Last month, Sun Microsystems announced an agreement to acquire LSC Inc., an Eagan, MN-based 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 (see Info-Stor, January 2001, 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 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. "The problems associated with that are very similar to the problems that LSC's high-end customers face in terms of scalability and management," he adds.
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.