EMC said that the acquisition will enhance its offerings in information protection and recovery management, with the intention of accelerating the widespread move from tape to disk-based recovery systems.
Mark Sorenson, senior vice president of information management software at EMC, said: "The overwhelming value proposition of back-up to disk is getting stronger by the day.
"Most recently, the limitations of tape-based back-up have inspired the creation of new technology such as data de-duplication to significantly alter the cost and efficiency equation for disk-based back-up."
Avamar's software uses data de-duplication technology to back-up data once on a global basis. Avamar identifies redundant data segments at the source, thereby reducing the amount of network bandwidth used and data stored.
Customers can achieve a 300:1 daily data reduction in real-world applications, the company said.
For both disk-based and tape-based data protection, Avamar can also be integrated in a complementary fashion with existing products like EMC NetWorker.
"Companies are making significant investments today to improve their methods for data protection and data recovery," said John McArthur, group vice president and general manager at analyst firm IDC.
"EMC's acquisition of Avamar brings innovative data protection technology and another creative team into the EMC portfolio, while Avamar gains a powerful channel for the company's solutions."
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