Network Appliance acquires data replication vendor Topio

Network Appliance today acquired data replication startup Topio for $160 million to bolster its portfolio of data protection products.

Network Appliance today acquired data replication start-up Topio for $160 million to bolster its portfolio of data protection products.

The Topio Data Protection Suite will let customers with data on non-Network Appliance systems -- from EMC, Hitachi or HP -- nondisruptively replicate data to a NetApp system. Traditional architectures enable data to be replicated only between like storage devices. Customers with mixed legacy storage environments can consolidate their disaster recovery environments using both NetApp and other vendor’s storage.

The Topio software will complement NetApp’s disk-to-disk backup products, its virtual tape library product and its SnapVault remote backup software, giving NetApp a full continuum of data protection products.

The deal is reminiscent of EMC’s acquisition last May of Kashya, another start-up with software that enabled data replication between unlike storage devices.

Topio was founded in 2001 and has offices in Santa Clara, Calif., and Matam, Israel. Its software works with data and storage of any type. The software can be implemented on an intelligent Fibre Channel switch or on a host computer.

The acquisition is expected to close in December. Topio will be operated as a new business unit for Network Appliance.

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