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Supercomputer, high-performance computing and big data supplier SGI has bought out storage virtualisation biz Filetek to get its hands on the company's HPC data management technology.

FileTek's flagship product is StorHouse; software providing large-scale data management and storage (file) virtualisation, with a single namespace covering multiple aggregated storage silos.

SGI's remodelling CEO and president, Jorge Titinger, said in a canned statement: "We're thrilled to welcome FileTek and its customers to SGI. With the addition of FileTek solutions, SGI enables existing and new customers to align both unstructured and structured data with the most cost effective storage throughout its lifecycle, with seamless user access and reliable petascale protection."

SGI has acquired FileTek assets, including its StorHouse and Trusted Edge (migration) software, worldwide customers, engineering team, and services and support resources. SGI said it will "continue to develop, sell, and support Trusted Edge and StorHouse products under the SGI brand, and will integrate technologies over the near and long term while protecting SGI and FileTek customer investments."

The acquisition terms were not revealed, although the deal was sealed on Tuesday.

Privately-held FileTek was started up in 1984 by William Thompson, its chairman, and John Burgess.

FileTek is a 29 year-old IT veteran and its customers are found amongst telcos, in finance, scientific biomedical research, mobile advertisers, transportation companies, education, and scientific and government agencies. It bought Trusted Edge in 2007, whose software "develops and delivers policy-driven desktop classification, capture, and disposal solutions for unstructured data such as e-mail, desktop documents, and files."

Quantum's StorNext has a strong presence in the media and entertainment market – one of FileTek's main target markets – and features workflow integration there as well.

FileTek's StorHouse software will probably get integrated with SHI's DMF tiering product, as well as its LiveArc multi-versioned asset management and revision control system. With LiveArc also having workflow capabilities, StorHouse and StorNext could find themselves butting up against one another. ®

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