Sterling Software is making its third storage management purchase in nine months, snapping up storage area networking (San) specialist Retrieve for $18 million.
Retrieve develops software that is embedded into San based storage devices such as Raid controllers.
Ron Hardy, vice president of business development for Sterling's systems management group, said the storage and network management software supplier plans to market Retrieve's Intellisan application by the second quarter to potential OEMs such as storage hardware developers Brocade and IBM.
"Intellisan is used to create San appliances. We will marry it with our network management products to make our products more intelligent," he said.
Sterling plans to integrate the offering with its own Sams:Alexandria data protection product, which it inherited as part of its acquisition of Spectra Logic's Alexandria business unit in 1999. The product is used to back up Unix and Windows NT based databases and enterprise resource planning applications.
Intellisan will also support Sterling's Sams:Vantage storage resource management product.
Sterling's other recent acquisition was Coredata, a developer of remote back-up tools for PCs, which the firm renamed Sams:Lifeguard.
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