About four months ago, I published a blog post discussing the future of dedicated VMware backup solutions. The post ignited a bigger discussion and included additional blog entries from W. Curtis Preston, me, Jon Toigo, Virtual Tacit, Veeam and Quest software. I strongly encourage readers to review the differing perspectives in each post.
I mention all of the above to provide context to Quest’s acquisition of BakBone. For those who are unfamiliar, BakBone is a backup software provider that plays in the low end of the market. They position their product, NetVault, as a full service backup application that includes traditional backup, CDP and deduplication. They have had limited success in the US and Japan appears to be their strongest market. Their technology was spun-off from AT&T labs. (As an aside, CommVault was also a spin-off from AT&T Labs. Those lab guys must have been doing some amazing backup stuff!)