Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has agreed to acquire privately held archiving software vendor Archivas.
Through the deal, announced last week, HDS will get hold of Archivas's Archive Cluster (ArC), an object-based storage repository that runs in server clusters.
The software allows data from multiple sources to be stored and retrieved from one repository as objects rather than as files or metadata.
The acquisition of Archivas builds on an agreement the pair entered into last year, under which HDS resold ArC with its storage systems.
HDS has been leveraging ArC to better compete against the likes of EMC, Network Appliance and IBM, all of whom offer similar software capabilities with their storage solutions.
Dave Roberson, HDS president and CEO, described the buy as a "strategic" move.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but HDS is reported to have paid around US$120million for Archivas.