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History 2001: Sun Acquired LCS

To get HSM and backup software

Although its $400 million acquisition of HighGround Systems has not yet been entirely completed, Sun Microsystems reached into its wallet again for $74 million in order to obtain another storage software management company, privately-held LSC, based in Minneapolis, MN, and specialized in hierarchical data-sharing file systems (HSM) and backup software.

Clearly, both acquisitions indicate that Sun is seeking to reduce its dependence on Veritas.

LSC, with 40 people, will become part of Sun’s network storage organization led by executive VP Janieter Scheerder.

The announcement came on the heels of another, involving an alliance between Sun, StorageNetworks (until now strongly associated with Compaq, after divorcing itself from EMC) and Exodus to cooperate on managed storage services.

This article is an abstract of news published on issue 158 on March 2001 from the former paper version of Computer Data Storage Newsletter.