Symantec buys protection vendor Revivio

Symantec buys protection vendor Revivio

Symantec snapped up continuous data protection vendor Revivio for an estimated US$20 million.

The company bought Revivio's intellectual property and will discontinue sales and development of Revivio's Continuous Protection System appliance.

Symantec, which got into the data protection market with its acquisition last year of Veritas, plans to add Revivio's technology to its NetBackup product and sell a stand-alone CDP product of its own. It already has near-continuous data protection capability in its Backup Exec products.

CDP technology saves data to disk as changes are made continuously -- rather than on a scheduled basis. With CDP software, IT administrators can roll back changes to any point-in-time.

Symantec's acquisition of Revivio's IP signals further consolidation of the backup, recovery and replication space. Network Appliance acquired Alacritus in 2005 for its CDP, as well as virtual tape library, technologies. EMC bought Kashya earlier this year for CDP and replication; EMC replaced an OEM deal with Mendocino and introduced Kashya technology in its RecoverPoint product. In July, CA purchased XOsoft for its CDP and replication capabilities. Also, Storactive bought Atempo.

Other big vendors such as IBM and Microsoft also have introduced CDP products. HP rebrands and resells Mendocino's software.

Symantec has extended job offers to Revivio CTO Michael Rowan, who started the company in 2001, and Kevin Rodgers, director of engineering, as well as 11 other engineers.

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