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IBM, Seagate gear up for 2008 with Online Storage acquisitions

Big Blue (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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."

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.