Mergers & Acquistions: NetApp to buy Topio

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Network Appliance announced plans to acquire Topio, a Santa Clara, Calif.–based company, for approximately $160 million in an all-cash transaction. Topio, which has previously been a partner for NetApp, builds software designed to help customers replicate, recover, and protect data over any distance regardless of the underlying server or storage infrastructure. The combination of the company’s technologies will enable enterprises to nondisruptively replicate their production data on any vendor system—including EMC, HP, or HDS—to any NetApp storage system, according to a release.

The joint system should be especially beneficial in two user scenarios where customers with production storage not from NetApp can nondisruptively replicate data to a NetApp system. Also, customers with mixed legacy storage environments will be able to unify their disaster recovery (DR) environment on a tiered storage platform and put the DR copy to active business use. Additionally, the heterogeneous capabilities of Topio Software enable users to consolidate all of their DR data onto a single, scalable NetApp platform and use this DR copy for such business applications as testing and reporting. This will enable customers to implement a simplified, tiered DR infrastructure for greater operational efficiencies at lower cost, the companies said.