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Veritas Acquires KVS, Gains E-Mail Archiving Capabilities

Veritas Software is expanding its ability to move and archive data in a world increasingly concerned with regulatory and compliance issues with this week's acquisition of KVault Software (KVS), an e-mail archiving software developer.

Veritas Software is expanding its ability to move and archive data in a world increasingly concerned with regulatory and compliance issues with this week's acquisition of KVault Software (KVS), an e-mail archiving software developer.

The acquisition, which is an all-cash transaction valued at about $225 million, brings to Veritas KVS' Enterprise Vault, a software application that allows archiving of business-critical information held within Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office and file systems.

The software indexes the data to help ease later search and discovery, and can help automate the discovery of data for regulatory purposes.

KVS is based in the U.K., with U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Texas. The acquisition is Mountain View, Calif.-based Veritas' fifth in the past 21 months.

"With growing regulatory requirements, customers need solutions that allow them to quickly discover specific information, whether it's in e-mail or personal documents," said Gary Bloom, chairman, president, and CEO of Veritas, in a statement. "With the addition of KVS, we can deliver customers the market-leading software for storing, managing, backing up and archiving all their information." E-mail archiving has become an important part of the storage management offerings of most major storage vendors. In the past year or so, several have unveiled OEM or reseller relationships with developers of e-mail archiving software.

One of the key reasons Veritas archrival EMC acquired Legato last year was for the latter's e-mail archiving capabilities.

Managed E-mail security provider FrontBridge Technologies Inc. said it has acquired message-archiving company MessageRite Inc., the kind of move to broaden its portfolio of offerings that analysts say is necessary for anti-spam software vendors to stay relevant.

KVS is one of several software developers that have developed products that interface with EMC's Centera content-addressable storage arrays. Such arrays are aimed at providing noneditable, not-deletable long-term storage of data for regulatory and compliance purposes.

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