Durlacher subsidiary kVault Software has acquired technology developed by Compaq that automatically archives Microsoft Exchange data in a central database preventing it from jamming mail servers.
The Enterprise Vault software helps businesses locate archived email and other unstructured corporate data. The data can be searched and archived data retrieved by end users.
kVault has recruited 22 software engineers to develop the product and version 2.0 will be released this week.
Edward Forwood, kVault's chief executive, said the company has signed a distribution agreement with Compaq and is actively looking for resellers across Europe and the US. He said kVault hopes to sign up 300 major and regional resellers.
The acquisition of Enterprise Vault forms part of Durlacher's new strategy of taking larger, controlling stakes in startups. Last week the company acquired a 6.6 per cent stake in Finnish mobile internet startup, WapIT.
Durlacher's online technology investment service nothingventured.com was launched last week and has received more than 16,000 registrations. The service enables members to buy shares in both private and public companies, and provides retail investors with financial and industry knowledge.
Durlacher said it hopes to expand across Europe over the next six months and has completed a number of engagements for major US, UK and Scandinavian technology and retail companies.
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