IBM has acquired Butterfly Software, a UK-based storage management vendor.
Butterfly, which is based in Maidenhead, sells a range of products that allow businesses to plan, optimise and migrate their back-up and storage resources.
“Butterfly offers storage planning software and storage migration tools, helping companies save storage space, operational time, IT budget and power consumption,” the IT giant said in a statement. “IBM will use Butterfly to help clients find new ways to drive greater value from its storage software and hardware solutions."
IBM already has a reselling partnership with Butterfly, and the companies have previously partnered to provide customers with an analysis of their existing backup infrastructure and an automated solution for migrating to a new IBM Tivoli Storage Manager platform.
According to IT market watcher IDC, IBM slipped into third place behind NetApp in terms of storage market share in the second quarter of the year. IBM’s share of the market dropped from 15.2% in the second quarter of 2012 to 11.4% this year.
Little wonder the company is reinvigorating its storage portfolio. In August, the company acquired solid state storage maker Texas Memory Systems which it said would allow it to introduce Flash optimised storage infrastructure to its product set.