IBM to buy FilesX

By Kevin Komiega

—In a bid to bring block-level continuous data-protection (CDP) technology into its Tivoli software portfolio, IBM has announced it has inked a deal to acquire FilesX, a privately held storage software company that specializes in CDP and data and application recovery software.

The acquisition is expected to close shortly. Financial terms were not disclosed.

FilesX block-level CDP products are expected to complement IBM's existing file-based software called IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files, which is targeted at small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers and individual PC users.

The FilesX product, called Xpress Restore CDP, is a described as a CDP and recovery management platform for Windows servers in both data centers and remote locations.

Xpress Restore continuously captures changes in data at the block level and features an instant restore capability that gets applications up and running within minutes following any data loss while full data recovery is performed in the background.

According to IBM's Al Zollar, general manager for Tivoli software, the acquisition of FilesX will reinforce IBM's data-protection strategy in the mid-market by adding a simple data-protection solution to the mix. He also says the technology will be attractive enterprise customers grappling with protecting and recovering data at the remote office and departmental levels.

Big Blue claims existing IBM customers will see no change to their current Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) environment, product set, or support once the FilesX technology integration is complete.

FilesX currently has more than 100 customers in the US and Israel, spanning several industries, including government, education, healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing.

This article was originally published on April 14, 2008