Dell buys Cal­i­for­nia firm to help com­press data

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS BRIEFING -

Dell Inc. is buy­ing a 3-year-old Cal­i­for­nia com­pany that com­presses com­puter data in or­der to re­duce stor­age costs.

It ex­pects to close on the pur­chase of Oca­rina Net­works of San Jose, Calif., for an undis­closed price be­fore the end of July.

Oca­rina, Dell said, has ground­break­ing technology that helps com­pa­nies cut their data stor­age spend­ing by min­i­miz­ing re­dun­dant data. Re­duc­ing the flood of data from the In­ter­net, e-mail and im­ages can cre­ate big costs for com­pa­nies in terms of stor­age hard­ware, net­work­ing ca­pac­ity, power, cool­ing and data cen­ter in­vest­ment.

Dell said Oca­rina’s technology com­ple­ments Dell’s ex­ist­ing EqualLogic sub­sidiary, which makes stor­age net­works. Dell added that it plans to add more en­gi­neer­ing and sales ca­pac­ity at the Cal­i­for­nia com­pany.

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