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Dell-AppAssure deal helps launch PowerVault appliance

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Dell acquisition of AppAssure Source: Courtesy of Dell

Dell Inc.'s acquisition of AppAssure's backup and replication software for virtual and physical machines places sixth in our countdown. The February acquisition was nowhere near the size of the $2.4 billion Quest acquisition Dell made later in the year, but the Dell-AppAssure deal gives Dell its own backup software IP. AppAssure technology allows for heterogeneous replication and snapshots, and lets users recover from a virtual machine (VM) if their physical machine crashes -- even if data wasn't backed up to a VM. In November, Dell launched its PowerVault DL4000 appliance with AppAssure software.

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