Dell Buys AppAssure, Backup Software Maker

Acquisition bolsters company’s storage lineup and gains it a lever into enterprise accounts.

Dell Inc. said that it has acquired AppAssure Software Inc., a Reston, VA-based developer of backup technology for the cloud, virtual machines (VM) and physical environments spanning data and applications, a move that adds heft to its storage portfolio and holds the promise to bring new enterprise sales.

Neither party disclosed terms of the deal. Bain Capital Ventures is AppAssure’s lead institutional investor and employees own the remainder of the company. Dell said that it will retain AppAssure’s 230 head count and will invest in engineering and sales capability to grow the business.

Dell officials suggested that the AppAssure acquisition is important because it enables the vendor to offer full infrastructure backup storage solutions to large enterprises. The acquisition is Dell’s first since forming its software group earlier this month to drive solutions and services sales to enterprise accounts. The company recently hired John Swainson, formerly CA Inc.’s chief executive, to head the unit.

“AppAssure’s unique architecture delivers innovative cloud-enabled backup and replication solutions that meet the challenges of protecting the explosive growth of data in both virtual and physical environments,” said Brad Anderson, Dell Enterprise Solutions Group president.

In its six-year history, AppAssure has recorded some eye-popping results, posting 19 consecutive quarters of growth, including a 3,450 percent climb over the past three years with a 194 percent year-over-year revenue jump from 2010 to 2011.

In 2011, AppAssure launched version 4.7 of its AppAssure backup, replication and recovery software, including Live Recovery, which offers near zero recovery time for VM and physical servers. AppAssure’s technology extends beyond data to protecting entire applications, enabling service providers and enterprises to adopt a cloud model with fast, reliable and secure data protection.

The developer said that interest in its end-to-end unified virtual and physical data protection storage solution prompted a 226 percent jump in its roster of resellers and managed service providers (MSPs) in 2011.

Najaf Husain, AppAssure president and chief executive, said that combining Dell’s “brand, scale, reach and existing storage portfolio” will give customers “world-class data protection and recovery capabilities in their virtual, physical and cloud environments.”

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