Storage Clips: EMC acquires ProActivity

EMC acquires ProActivity for business process management software; Brocade and Contoural partner for services.

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EMC acquires ProActivity for business process management
EMC Corp., announced that it has acquired Newton, Mass.-based ProActivity Software Solutions Ltd., a privately held provider of content management software for business process management (BPM).

According to EMC, customers need to optimize their business processes, such as invoice processing, claims processing and loan origination. Manual process design is expensive, tedious, slow, error prone and widely recognized as the root cause of project failure. ProActivity brings to EMC a content management technology set to augment its ability to address these needs through its Documentum BPM software suite, the company said.

The acquisition is complete and is not expected to have a material impact on EMC revenue and earnings per share for 2006. ProActivity will be integrated into the EMC Software Group. With its research and development (R&D) operations in Netanya, Israel, ProActivity joins recently acquired Kashya and nLayers to form a foundation of EMC R&D in Israel.

Brocade, Contoural partner for services
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced that it is partnering with Contoural Inc., a storage consulting company based in Mountain View, Calif. Brocade also announced that Network Appliance is adding the Brocade SilkWorm 4900 switch to its 4 Gbps SAN infrastructure product portfolio.

BMC adds Web console for backup
BMC Software Inc. has integrated its IMS backup and recovery software into its Web-based console, enabling database administrators) to easily identify and resolve data recovery issues more quickly.

Rackable Systems 273 TB storage system
Rackable Systems announced additions to its family of rack-mount storage servers designed to achieve storage capacity as high as 273 terabytes per cabinet. With prices starting at $2 per gigabyte, Rackable Systems' rack-mount storage servers provide a scalable, cost-effective alternative for data centers seeking optimal price per capacity, per square foot for bulk data storage, the company said.

Manufacturing firms pick Riverbed
Riverbed Technology Inc. announced that Contech Stormwater Solutions and G&T Conveyor have selected and deployed Riverbed's Steelhead appliances to improve application performance, enable collaboration, improve VoIP and video quality, and allow replication and transfer of large design and database files over WANs.

Datalink to resell Data Domain
Data Domain Inc. and Datalink Corp. announced a new partnership agreement to provide Data Domain's data protection product to Datalink's customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Datalink will add Data Domain's DD400 Enterprise Series to its suite of storage offerings.

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