Sun Microsystems aims to boost its data storage software offerings by acquiring storage specialist LSC, in a stock-swap deal worth $74m.
LSC, which provides file systems and data storage software, will become a part of Sun's network storage division led by Sun vice-president Janpieter Scheerder.
He said: "The acquisition of LSC is just one more execution point in our strategy to deliver dramatically simplified management software for open storage networks. Sun has invested heavily in storage software, developing over one million lines of code."
LSC develop hierarchical data-sharing file and storage system software that enable networked servers to intelligently share, place, backup and archive data. The company's flagship products include Storage and Archive Manager File System and Quick File System.
Margaret Hamburger, director of marketing at LSC, said joining Sun is a strategic move for the company. "Our commitment to file system development and storage management software that consistently provides high performance, extreme scalability and fast recovery is a perfect complement to Sun's strategy for easy-to-manage open storage networks."
The announcement follows news of another planned acquisition by Sun of storage software maker HighGround Systems. Sun hopes that the purchase of HighGround, which develops data storage resource management software, will enable it to compete more effectively against EMC and Network Appliance.
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