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.