<B>Double-Take acquires CDP vendor</B>

By Ann Silverthorn

—In an effort to bolster its data protection and backup capabilities for both virtual and physical server environments, Double-Take Software this week announced the acquisition of TimeSpring, a Montreal-based vendor of continuous data protection (CDP) solutions. The transaction was structured on a total cash purchase price of $8.3 million, and Double-Take plans to retain TimeSpring's 15 employees. TimeSpring's software enables granular, any-point-in-time (APIT) recovery.

Whereas Double-Take Software specializes in recovery from catastrophic failures, TimeSpring's technology adds CDP to Double-Take's portfolio. The software allows IT administrators to "rewind" and "fast forward" to any point in time.

Other CDP-related acquisitions over the last few years have included:

  • Sonic Wall acquired Lasso Logic (November 2005)
  • Atempo-Storactive (March 2006)
  • EMC-Kashya (May 2006)
  • Symantec-Revivio (November 2006)
  • CA-XOSoft (July 2006)
  • Iron Mountain acquired LiveVault (December 2006)

A sampling of other CDP start-ups includes Asempra, Availl, Exanet, FilesX, InMage, and Mendocino.

Double-Take already had a reseller relationship with TimeSpring, offering the company's CDP products to Double-Take's customers.

Over the last couple years, TimeSpring has announced a number of partnerships. For example, earlier this year the company expanded its European presence by adding Germany's Orchestra GmbH as a distributor. And Germany's Topmedia Storage Solutions launched a new CDP appliance based on TimeSpring's technology.

Other TimeSpring partners include vendors such as Solution Data Ltd., Waterford Technologies, Infortrend, Integrated Mass Storage Systems, Cybernetics, and Avamar Technologies.

For more CDP-related articles:

"EMC adds CDP, de-dupe to NetWorker"

"BakBone integrates CDP with backup"

"Choosing the right backup solution"

This article was originally published on December 28, 2007