IBM Buys Butterfly for Automated Storage Migration

By Pedro Hernandez

Another day, another acquisition by IBM. This time, the corporate IT services and solutions provider has its sights set on data storage.

Big Blue took a break from snapping up Big Data analytics firms and announced that it has acquired Butterfly, a UK-based privately-held maker of storage planning and backup automation software. Butterfly will be folded into IBM's Software Group, according to the companies. The deal's value and terms are being kept confidential.

IBM sees an opportunity in storage optimization solutions as businesses face capacity crunches, thanks to ever-growing data storage demands. Exacerbating the problem are increasingly complex storage infrastructures.

For IBM, the buy is all about storage efficiency. "IBM will use Butterfly to help clients find new ways to drive greater value from its storage software and hardware solutions," says the company in press remarks.

Butterfly's tech falls in line with the company's "Smarter" vision of IT products and services offerings, with an emphasis on extensive automation, ease of management and data center energy efficiency. "Butterfly offers storage planning software and storage migration tools, helping companies save storage space, operational time, IT budget and power consumption."

Butterfly specializes in software tools that aid businesses in capacity planning, automated migration, data consolidation and backups. Key to these capabilities is the firm's Butterfly Analysis Engine, agentless discovery and analysis software that provides storage administrators with a complete, non-disruptive picture of their storage environments.

The company claims that by employing Butterfly Analysis Engine, organizations can completely assess their storage setups, including processes like backup schedules and retention policies, in mere days rather than months using traditional auditing methods.

This capability then opens the door to other, ROI-enhancing projects including consolidation and virtualization. In cases where migrating storage and/or backups makes sense, the firm's Butterfly Storage Migration Engine (available in virtual and physical flavors) provides a non-disruptive, "low touch" method of moving data with minimal impact to production systems, claims Butterfly.

The Butterfly deal follows IBM's big bet on SSD storage. In August, IBM bought Houston-based SSD Array maker Texas Memory Systems for an undisclosed amount.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on September 26, 2012