EMC buys replication vendor

By Kevin Komiega

—EMC made good on its recent promise to continue buying storage companies this week when the company announced it has purchased data replication software maker Kashya for approximately $153 million. The acquired technology is expected to boost EMC's network virtualization and continuous data protection (CDP) offerings.

The lure of Kashya is its KBX5000 data-protection platform, which integrates disaster-recovery, replication, and CDP functionality. Kashya's disaster-recovery and replication technology will be integrated into EMC's Invista network-based block storage virtualization product, while Kashya's CDP technology will find its way into future releases of EMC's RecoverPoint software.

"We are focusing on bringing storage management capabilities to the network, and one of the things we really needed to add to Invista was support for data replication," says Rob Emsley, director of product marketing in EMC's Software Group. The Invista platform brings LUN virtualization and copy services capabilities into the storage network.

Central to Kashya's KBX5000 design is the ability to capture, analyze, and log every I/O to a set of associated volumes, which can then be used to recover applications, databases, or file systems. The I/O journaling capability of the appliance allows for the creation of new recovery volumes, consistent to any point in time, which can be read and written for any purpose, such as recovery processing, backup, application testing, data mining, migration, and production staging.

Data Mobility Group analyst William Hurley says the acquisition of Kashya signals more than just a technology grab by EMC. "The fact that [Kashya's technology] is going to be paired with Invista immediately shows a strong commitment to the Invista platform, but also shows that it is still a work in progress," says Hurley.

Prior to the Kashya announcement, according to Hurley, there was some question as to how Invista would benefit end users besides providing volume management. "You have to invest in something that is going to help you add value, and now EMC is on a path where customers are going to get value from Invista."

Kashya will be integrated immediately into the EMC Software Group. EMC plans to use Kashya's presence in Israel as the foundation for an EMC lab.

This article was originally published on May 11, 2006