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ASG Software expands into backup, archiving with Atempo

Enterprise management software provider ASG Software expands its portfolio with its acquisition with data protection provider Atempo.

Backup and archiving software vendor Atempo gave up the fight to survive as an independent niche player among giants this week, after ASG Software Solutions purchased the company as an addition to ASG’s portfolio of IT management software.

ASG did not disclose the price it paid for Atempo, but ASG founder and CEO Arthur Allen said his company will continue to offer Atempo’s backup, recovery and archiving products software as stand-alone products while also integrating them into ASG’s enterprise automation management (EAMS) software suite.

Atempo’s applications include Time Navigator backup, Live Navigator CDP for remote offices, Live Backup for desktops and laptops, Digital Archive and Digital Archive for Messaging. Atempo has built a solid business selling to digital media and Apple customers but remains a small player in the backup space compared to competitors such as Symantec, EMC, IBM and CommVault.  

Atempo started in France in 1992, and moved its headquarters to Palo Alto, Calif., about 12 years later. Atempo acquired continuous data protection (CDP) startup StorActive in 2006, which gave Atempo its Live Backup and Live Navigator products, as well as CEO Neal Ater. Mike Wall replaced Ater as CEO in October.

“Atempo is a very rich data center grade backup, recovery and archiving solution,” said Lauren Whitehouse, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

However, she said that while Atempo has good technology, it faced a tougher road on its own because the company faced bigger companies with deeper pockets in the data protection market.

ASG already acquired intelligence search firm RiverGlass in October, along with mainframe performance startup TrilogExpert Group and IT asset management company PS’Soft SAS in April.

ASG’s largest acquisition this year was its purchase of cloud platform provider Visionapp AG this past May.

“We’re continuing to build out our cloud orchestration suite,” Allen said. “The Atempo acquisition just continues [that process].”

ASG targets Fortune 1000 companies with about $1 billion in annual revenue, universities, and governments. Allen said ASG usually competes with software products from CA Inc. and IBM Corp. Allen said ASG has close to 80 offices in 30 countries.

“We can plug in technologies that we acquire under this suite and continue to give our customers a one-stop shop for a larger solution,” Allen said.

According to Atempo CFO Jonathan Foster, the company was looking for a big hitter to increase its international presence.

“Atempo had reached a size where we were able to do business on a worldwide basis, but we recognized that by joining with a larger partner we could expand our business further and faster than we could on our own,” he said.

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