EMC Corporation, a world leader in information management and storage, announced that it has acquired privately held nLayers, a leader in application discovery and mapping software. The acquisition further expands EMC's resource management portfolio, enhancing EMC Smarts' ability to conduct automated comprehensive root cause and impact analysis across all technology domains including networks, applications and storage. The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on revenues and on EPS for 2006.

nLayers provides an agentless appliance that automatically identifies, maps and models the relationships and inter-dependencies between applications, servers, and devices in a time-based, behavioral model. The technology is based on application behavior modeling (ABM), a patent-pending technology that continuously discovers and monitors application components, resource dependencies, service levels and usage within data centers. nLayers is the industry's first complete configuration management database (CMDB) infrastructure solution, combining award-winning discovery and application dependency mapping capabilities with reconciliation, federation, analytics and dashboards.

As part of a recently announced OEM agreement, nLayers already provides the foundation technology for EMC Smarts Application Discovery Manager software, providing necessary insight into application behavior and all interdependencies with the IT infrastructure. This comprehensive understanding of the application environment and its interdependencies serves as the foundation and catalyst for more extensive application and infrastructure monitoring, analysis, and automation across the enterprise - driving lower operating costs, faster mean-time-to-repair, and enhanced reliability of core business services.

Over time, nLayers will better enable EMC storage management software to intelligently correlate, determine root cause problems and present a plan of action for critical problems across the entire IT infrastructure. An important attribute of information lifecycle management (ILM) is the uninterrupted flow and movement of information. The health, well-being and management of the information network will serve as a cornerstone for any comprehensive ILM strategy.

nLayers will be fully integrated into EMC's Resource Management Software Group, with the EMC Resource Management sales team along with existing nLayers partners focused on selling nLayers solutions. Additionally, nLayers' Israel-based R&D operation will become a part of the recently created EMC Israel Software Development Center. EMC is committed to further investing in Israel, expanding its R&D team there and benefiting from Israel's top talent and innovative engineers. The financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

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