IBM, Seagate gear up for 2008 with Online Storage acquisitions

Big Blue has announced that it would acquire on-demand data protection firm Arsenal Digital solutions to boost its business continuity segment.

The decade-old company is privately held and fills a gap in IBM's storage segment. With this purchase, IBM looks set to take on storage rival EMC which had announced the purchase of Berkeley Data Systems in September.

BDS provided individual and corporate customers with an online storage solution called Mozy where files could be stored or backed up and retrieved irrelevant of location.

Arsenal Digital Solutions will become part of Business Continuity and Resiliency Services (BCRS) business unit in IBM Global Technology Services.

Seagate has also purchased an online data backup, recovery and archiving firm called MetaLincs. The firm is specialised in e-Discovery, which CBReview describes as "E-discovery is the automated search of digital data for information relevant mostly to litigation, but also to regulatory issues."

Eweek notes that "Arsenal brings production-tested capabilities in the online data protection market that will complement IBM Tivoli's flagship data protection offerings and IBM System Storage software."