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HP to acquire Persist for ILM technology

Managing data from creation to deletion has just become easier for HP. The company announced Tuesday that it plans to acquire Persist Technologies for its active archiving software to boost HP's information lifecycle management plan.

In an effort to bolster its information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard announced Tuesday that it has signed an agreement to acquire Persist Technologies Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., for its software designed for long-term storage and access of reference information.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced. HP expects the acquisition to close before the end of this year.

With Persist's archiving software, HP expects to deliver archiving tools aimed at the regulatory compliance market. When integrated with HP ProLiant servers and ProCurve switches, the Persist software creates an active archive system that can scale to handle content storage demands, according to HP.

"Persist provides us with the foundational components for active archiving, intellectual property for indexing, searching and retrieving information and [an engineering] team with expertise in the information lifecycle management space," said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager of HP's Network Storage Solutions.

HP and Persist have been partners since May, but Schultz said there were a couple of things that HP and Persist can do together that they couldn't under the partnership.

Enterprise Storage Group analyst Nancy Marrone-Hurley said HP could not control the development of Persist's technology as a partner to the degree that it can by acquiring Persist.

"The key focus of HP's [Information Lifecycle Management] strategy is to provide focused solutions, targeting specific requirements for data protection, reference information management and retention management," she said. "The Persist acquisition allows them to provide bundled solutions that address these areas."

Marrone-Hurley said this was a very focused acquisition, which allows HP to provide integrated solutions today and build off of those solutions by integrating other software and hardware products in order to provide more complete ILM solutions that will involve more than just active archiving.

In a separate announcement, HP today introduced more than 40 new and upgraded software products and services aimed at managing an "adaptive enterprise" -- HP's version of on-demand computing.

Paul O'Brien, CEO of Persist, said the heart of the ILM problem isn't storing data, it's finding it. "The heart of the problem is managing large indexes."

He said information is typically stored under the construct of a file system or a file name with no reference to the attributes of those files. Persist's AppStor appliances sit on the back end of a storage network and allow information to be accessed and retrieved through the use of keywords and file attributes.

O'Brien said the appliance matches a certain amount of storage with certain amount of computing capacity and then creates a grid network around it to make it look seamless to outside applications.

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