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Laying the Foundation for our Future Vision of Data Protection

Data protection is straining under the weight of big data. Exploding data volumes, stringent restore requirements, and shrinking OPEX and CAPEX budgets all mean that traditional data protection solutions aren’t cutting it any more. IT teams are relying on disparate tools for operational recovery, disaster recovery, long term archive, performance, migration, hardware refresh, etc. And each of these use cases involves capturing a copy of the data, yet there is no integration, sharing or reuse. The result is multiple, redundant, and often poorly tracked copies, leading to increased management overhead and excess use of key resources.

Hitachi Data Systems wants to address these challenges head on, so I am excited to announce that we have acquired Cofio, a privately held company with a successful unified data protection solution. Its flagship product, AIMstor®, is an innovative and intuitive solution for protecting customer data globally.

The Cofio acquisition is part of a longer term data protection vision that goes beyond the existing “backup” paradigm. We envision a comprehensive solution that integrates backup, archive and storage platform-based replication technologies. To realize this vision, we will be integrating Cofio technology with the high performance of storage-based data protection to meet our customers’ current and future needs. Over time, we plan to offer a centralized data instance management solution that promises significant infrastructure, storage, and management cost and efficiency savings by consolidating, reducing and better managing and tracking data copies.

We are excited to welcome the Cofio employees to HDS and to work with them to continue to evolve our data protection portfolio. We also look forward to supporting existing Cofio customers through the integration.

I will continue to share updates and insights on how our innovative data protection vision is emerging in the coming months.

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Comments (4 )

[...] September 24, 2012, Hitachi Data Systems announced its acquisition of Cofio.  Read more about the acquisition or Hitachi Data Systems. Comments [...]

Sim Alam on 25 Sep 2012 at 11:41 pm

How does this impact your relationship with Commvault?

Sean Moser on 28 Sep 2012 at 4:36 pm

Our existing data protection partners, including CommVault, remain strategic to our business. The acquisition of Cofio is not expected to have an immediate impact on these strategic relationships.

[...] of the acquisition was disclosed in late September on a Hitachi Data Systems blog for data center advisers. Hitachi Data Systems has more than 5,300 employees worldwide, and [...]

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