In the year since TA Associates picked up StorageCraft Technology, the data-protection vendor has been working to build out a broader vision for metadata-rich data protection and management. Its latest move adds scale-out NAS appliance vendor Exablox, already an existing partner. Terms weren’t disclosed. The purchase of Exablox is StorageCraft’s second acquisition since being bought by private equity firm TA Associates, and comes five months after it snagged data analytics startup Gillware Online Backup.
This deal further extends an existing partnership between Exablox’s object-based core technology and StorageCraft, which has focused its recent strategy on metadata-based, long-term data management and protection. Both companies stressed that Exablox appliances will continue to be marketed for both primary storage and secondary storage applications, as opposed to a dedicated backup appliance only. The pairing has potential benefits for both companies, in particular adding StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect data protection and Gillware-based data intelligence enhancements to the Exablox platform.
From our perspective, the transaction reflects an increasing awareness of the importance of metadata as part of a larger vision for long-term data protection and management across the industry. Data growth is a given, and these vendors recognize that the next generation of storage requires greater intelligence about the data itself. Buying Exablox should allow StorageCraft to add closely integrated, on-premises storage offerings as an extension of its existing cloud, SaaS, storage analytics, data-protection and DR/BC portfolio. With the scarcity of funding available for storage and infrastructure companies, we expect more vendors to use deals such as StorageCraft’s reach for Exablox to expand their technology and market opportunity.