Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Seagate to acquire EVault Inc.

Seagate Technology LLC, the world's largest maker of hard-disk drives, has agreed to acquire EVault Inc., an online data storage service provider, for about $185 million in cash, as per a news release issued by the Company

Seagate, a $9.2 billion company that's based in the Cayman Islands but operates out of Scotts Valley, is expanding beyond its core business of making the disk drives that have long powered computers and more recently, electronics as well.

The move marks the biggest step yet by the largest maker of computer hard drives to boost its nascent storage services business. It would widen Seagate's service offerings in a growing arena fueled by the demands of companies and individuals to store and keep backups of massive amounts of digital data.

EVault, a privately held company based in Emeryville, specializes in providing automatic backup and data recovery services to small- to medium-sized businesses. It was founded in 1997, has more than 250 employees and serves more than 8,500 customers worldwide.

EVault is the most recent acquisition in the broader storage solutions area and the third for Seagate in the area of services. In 2005, it acquired Mirra Inc., a maker of personal servers that allow consumers or small businesses to easily upload and share files, and recover them later if needed. Seagate also acquired ActionFront Data Recovery Labs, a provider of professional data recovery services.

The deal with EVault is expected to close in Seagate's fiscal third quarter following regulatory approvals, the company said.Read article from Business Standard

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