Dell plans to acquire Ocarina Networks, a maker of hardware and software designed to reduce the amount of storage capacity organisations require.
Ocarina makes appliances and software that perform data compression and deduplication on unstructured data such as images and email. Those steps help to reduce the number of redundant bits so the data can be stored on less hard disk space, generating savings of space, power and other resources in datacentres. The company's technology will complement Dell's EqualLogic enterprise storage arrays. Deduplication is in high demand among storage administrators as the amount of raw data they are asked to keep in storage escalates.
The terms of the deal weren't disclosed.