CA continued to extend its storage management portfolio with the acquisition of privately held XOsoft, Inc., a leading provider of continuous application availability solutions that minimize application downtime and accelerate time to recovery. The acquisition enables CA to offer a complete recovery management solution that allows customers to minimize the risk of data loss, reduce the time spent on backups and expedite recovery of critical business services.

XOsoft's products provide uninterrupted access to all types of file and application servers, including Windows Servers, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft IIS and Oracle - and allow instantaneous recovery from any type of disaster. CA plans to integrate XOsoft's products with BrightStor ARCserve Backup to deliver a complete solution for protecting and recovering critical applications. Using XOsoft's patented technology, CA also will develop a next-generation information protection platform to unify and simplify recovery operations.

Businesses today rely extensively on their IT services and systems to support their day-to-day operations. Traditional backup alone can't ensure the continuity and recoverability of these critical business resources. A multi-layered approach is thus required to provide the appropriate level of protection for each resource based on its importance and value to the business. With the addition of XOsoft to its intelligent storage management portfolio, CA is enabling its customers to implement this kind of multi-layered approach - including traditional backup, offsite vaulting and disaster recovery.

"Although it will not be found on a balance sheet, information is a valuable business asset that should be managed and protected appropriately. To fulfill their business, IT and compliance requirements, companies must be able to ensure that their critical business information is readily accessible and quickly recoverable, if necessary," said Brian Babineau, analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "The acquisition of XOsoft provides CA with the capability to deliver the combination of traditional backup and advanced recovery management technologies necessary by offering several data protection options to its enterprise customers."

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