Feeds

Sun buys $50m worth of NAS software IP

Partner Procom acquired

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Sun Microsystems has proved its love for small software companies once again by buying all of storage code maker Procom's intellectual property rights for $50m.

Last year, Sun and Procom signed a multiyear software licensing deal. Sun bought the rights to use Procom's NetForce operating system on its line of Sun StorEdge 5000 network attached storage (NAS) appliances. It appears that Sun was quite enamored with the technology and wanted to capture Procom's technology for the long haul.

"Sun's NAS offerings serve as the central building blocks of some of our most compelling solutions, including the Sun StorEdge 5310 Compliance Archiving System which helps customers comply with government regulations and data integrity requirements," said Mark Canepa, executive vice president of network storage at Sun. "Bolstering our NAS portfolio with the acquisition of Procom's technology reflects our ongoing commitment to the storage market."

Procom has been around since 1987 as a player in the storage appliance and NAS markets. The company counts Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Brocade as some of its key partners. It also lists the likes of Coca Cola, DuPont, Eastman Kodak and Pfizer as customers.

Sun expects the acquisition to close by June if standard regulatory and shareholder approvals are met. Sun will take on the Procom employees that deal with NAS products. Procom currently employs close to 50 people but would not say how many of these work on NAS products. Procom's board is meeting to discuss how best to move forward with the company's other storage assets.

"This deal is a natural extension of our existing software licensing agreement with the company," said a Sun spokeswoman. "By acquiring the NAS IP assets and NAS specialists from Procom, Sun can accelerate time-to-market for next generation products. In addition to the IP, Sun intends to acquire talented employees including NAS-savvy engineers, salespeople, and support engineers to the Sun team."

Over the past few years, Sun has bought a wide range of software startups from server management firms such as Terraspring to identity management software makers like Waveset. The server giant doesn't have the best of track records with turning acquired product into revenue producing code.

Sun's storage unit will be under a great deal of pressure to make the most of this $50m investment. The group has been one of the worst performing units at Sun and has failed to gain market share from rivals such as EMC and IBM despite incredible efforts to do so. ®

Related stories

IBM to fix bad quarter by axing 13,000 jobs
Inside Sun Labs - the best and the 'bots
Brocade blames March for Q2 shocker
Hungry Sun customers must wait to feast on 'product hog heaven'
EMC delivers again with strong Q1

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC
Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.