Hitachi Data Systems Buys Cofio, Software Infrastructure Developer
Hitachi Data Systems, a Santa Clara, CA-based subsidiary of Japan’s Hitachi conglomerate, has acquired San Diego-based Cofio Software, which specializes in data protection software and related technology.
Financial terms were not disclosed, and Cofio CEO Tony Cerqueira did not respond to an email query yesterday. He joined Hitachi Data Systems as a senior director for global markets.
Word of the acquisition was disclosed in late September on a Hitachi Data Systems blog for data center advisers. Hitachi Data Systems has more than 5,300 employees worldwide, and provides mid-range and high-end storage systems, software, and services.
In the blog, Hitachi Data Systems vice president Sean Moser writes, “We have acquired Cofio, a privately held company with a successful unified data protection solution. Its flagship product, AIMstor, is an innovative and intuitive solution for protecting customer data globally.”
Moser adds that Cofio’s acquisition is a key part of Hitachi Data System’s long-term vision for data center management that takes a more comprehensive approach by integrating backup, archiving, and storage platform-based replication technologies. “Over time, Moser says, “we plan to offer a centralized data instance management solution that promises significant infrastructure, storage, and management cost and efficiency savings by consolidating, reducing and better managing and tracking data copies.”
Cofio was founded in 2006 by Cerqueira, Patrick Barcus, and Fabrice Helliker, who previously led development of the NetVault line of data backup and recovery software at San Diego’s BakBone Software. Quest Software acquired BakBone in 2011.