Dell presents innovative storage optimization technology alongwith Ocarina Networks

Innovative Storage Software Technology Dramatically
Reduces Data Management Costs

Dell
announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Ocarina Networks. Ocarina’s innovative
storage optimization technology – including compression and
deduplication – helps customers significantly reduce data management
costs and streamline operations.

Ocarina’s
groundbreaking content-aware optimization technology enables customers
to dramatically reduce storage space requirements and the amount of
redundant data. Unstructured data from the Internet, email, and images
continues to proliferate in customer environments as retention
requirements increase. Optimizing data across the IT environment drives
substantial reductions in costs associated with disk capacity, network
bandwidth, power and cooling, data center space, and management.

In
the “Virtual Era,” Dell continues to drive an open and integrated approach to data
management. Ocarina will be a significant enhancement to Dell’s
solutions portfolio and will bring a leading deduplication capability to
Dell’s storage systems. Dell’s intent is to
drive increased efficiency with a goal of radically reducing
data management costs. These savings can help Dell customers make
room in their budgets for other strategic investments to help their
business succeed.

Ocarina Networks was founded in 2007 and is
headquartered in San Jose. Subject to customary closing conditions,
Dell expects to complete the acquisition by the end of the month. After
closing, Dell plans to maintain and invest in additional engineering and
sales capability. There are no plans to move the current operations.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Quotes

“Ocarina
provides an important component of our data management portfolio and
our ability to provide customers the best value for their IT
investments.” said Brad Anderson,
Dell senior vice president, Enterprise Product Group.
“Content-aware deduplication allows us to provide a true global approach
to deduplication across the datacenter and has a tremendous ripple
effect of cost savings that frees up budgets for strategic investments.”

“This
is a great opportunity for the Ocarina technology, and for Ocarina
customers and partners. Combining Ocarina’s capability with Dell’s
leading storage portfolio, we plan to move the Ocarina solution well
beyond what you’ve seen with other deduplication offerings to include
‘end-to-end’ optimization. This brings deduplication to not only primary
storage, but also to key storage workflows including backup,
replication, migration and tiering,” said Murli Thirumale, CEO,
Ocarina Networks.

“As
both an Ocarina and a Dell customer, we see great opportunity for Dell
to take a great solution and expand the capabilities for our
environment. We manage billions of image files, consuming petabytes of
storage. Ocarina solutions are reducing our storage footprint by over 40
percent which is making a big impact on our storage and networking
costs.” says James Goss, vice president, Operations, Photobucket.
“I’m encouraged to see that Ocarina will now fit into my existing
support structure with Dell and run on the same hardware already in my
data center. I look forward to seeing how Dell can leverage Ocarina into
its existing and future storage products.”

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