Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC, which makes storage software and hardware, announced earlier this month it is acquiring Kashya, whose networked storage products include the KBX 5000 continuous data protection appliance.

Continuous data protection has the advantage of allowing companies to backup data without requiring action from users, said Rhoda Phillips, research manager for storage software at Framingham, Mass.-based IDC.

“It takes away the manual aspect of backing up,” she said. “With the Kashya solution, it does time stamping and has a few additional features. The key thing with CDP is you don’t have to monitor it. You can just set it and it will run.”

Using Kashya’s CDP technology in EMC’s RecoverPoint product will give EMC its own intellectual property, said Rob Emsley, EMC’s senior director for product marketing. Currently, RecoverPoint is based on code that EMC licenses from Mendocino Software Inc. of Fremont, Calif.

“When we introduced the EMC RecoverPoint last year, that is based upon technology that we licence from a third party,” he said. “Because Kashya also provides the continuous data protection solution, we can leverage that capability that is now EMC (intellectual property) inside EMC RecoverPoint. No longer do we need to in the long term license technology from a third party.”

EMC plans to absorb Kashya’s operations into its software group, and will use Kashya’s remote replication technologies in its Invista product line.

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