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Hitachi Data Systems buys Parascale, gets more 'cloudy'

Hitachi Data Systems has quietly picked up the assets of cloud storage startup Parascale, which went under after it failed to gain additional funding earlier this year.

HDS chief strategist for file and content services Miki Sandorfi announced the acquisition in his Thursday blog about Hitachi’s cloud strategy. Sandorfi wrote that HDS acquired Parscale’s IP and hired the core engineering team.

“By complementing our existing product set and leveraging the distinct capabilities of this acquisition, we will continue to bring to market additional Hitachi Cloud Services that leverage best-of-breed technology and are deployed in ‘cloudy’ ways,” Sandorfi wrote.

Parascale already had two generations of its ParaScale Cloud Storage (PCS) clustered NAS product in the market, but it’s unclear if HDS is more interested in Parascale’s existing product or its engineering experties. HDS already has a Private File Tiering cloud service aimed at customers with their own NAS systems who want to archive data off primary storage, and now you can expect them to add clustered NAS to its cloud services in some capaicty.

HDS doesn’t spend much on acquisitions, but the money it has laid out has ended up in the cloud. HDS acquired Archivas in 2007, turning the Archivas object-based storage technology into the Hitachi Content Platform that its cloud services are built on.

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