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IBM picks up clustering outfit

Big Blue has acquired privately held Meiosys, a company that sells high-end clustering software that provides backup functionality.

IBM has acquired privately held Meiosys, a company that sells high-end clustering software that provides backup functionality, Big Blue said Thursday. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Meiosys is based in Toulouse, France, and Palo Alto, Calif. The company's product, called MetaCluster, will be built into IBM's Unix and Linux high-performance server lines by the end of the year, IBM said. MetaCluster takes a "snapshot" of a computing job, such as a transaction, and moves it to a backup system, which may be running on a different processor, when there is an application problem. "This acquisition gives IBM the ability to provide even more innovative capabilities for Unix and Linux, and will help advance our information on demand strategy and virtualization capabilities for clients," Rod Adkins, vice president of development for IBM's Systems and Technology Group, said in a statement.