Dell Purchases Backup Software Company AppAssure

Dell has announced that it has bought AppAssure, a company offering backup and replication software for virtual, physical and cloud infrastructures.

The company has not yet revealed the financial terms of the acquisition. Dell says in one of its statement that the acquisition will improve its storage and software portfolios. It is worth noting here as stated by the company that since the formation of Dell’s software group, this is company’s first software acquisition.

AppAssure is a company having a relatively small workforce of 230 employees. Dells points out that it will continue to work with those 230 employees without making many changes.

As for AppAssure, its technology offers reliable app recovery from customers’ servers to their datacenter and cloud environments, providing backup and recovery software for VMware, Hyper-V and XenServer along with physical servers.

A backup software company claims that it solutions are used by over 6,000 customers in more than 50 countries across the world.

While commenting on its plans, this is what Dell had to say:

Dell will extend the benefit of AppAssure across our enterprise solutions and services portfolio.

Initially, it will be a software-only solution, and then over time we will offer additional data protection solutions tightly integrated in our Fluid Data architecture as we’ve done with our other acquired IP, including EqualLogic, Compellent and the Fluid File System. Customers will be able to manage data end-to-end, not in silos of servers and storage, or islands of sites.

AppAssure was established back in 2006. It was supported by VC firm Bain Capital Ventures as it guides institutional investors, even though a part of the company is completely owned by employees, which means that the company isn’t entirely owned by investors.

In 2006, the company was co-founded by Naj Husain, currently CEO and Chairman of the company, with Todd Fredric as COO and Dan Kyler as Chief Architect. Interestingly, all three of them are WQuinn veterans and former Symantec/Veritas executives.


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