Western Digital Acquires Backup Company ArkeiaWestern Digital has acquired Arkeia, a developer of backup appliances and network backup software that is available for more than over 200 platforms, including AIX, BSD, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X, Netware, Solaris, and Windows systems.
Originally only targeted at the Linux market, Arkeia recently expanded its footprint and may have been especially interesting for WD as the company purchased Kadena and its deduplication algorithms in 2009. Since then, Arkeia has built credibility in the enterprise market that could help WD develop targeted solutions for markets such as big data.
"Arkeia’s products expand WD’s growing product portfolio of solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s Branded and CE products, in a prepared statement. "SMB organizations are managing ever-growing volumes of critical business data, which need to be stored, shared and secured." He noted that while Arkeia’s network backup software is targeting especially larger SMB customers.
WD said that Arkeia will be integrated into WD’s Branded Products SMB unit and the products "initially will retain the Arkeia name". WD also mentioned that it will support all Arkeia customers on current maintenance and plans to retain both Arkeia’s software and appliance product lines.
Financial details were not disclosed.
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