BridgeSTOR Takes On VMware, Backup

Poway-based BridgeSTOR, a new data backup and storage appliance firm headed by storage veteran John Matze, has emerged from stealth today, saying that it is offering products aimed at advanced data reduction for VMware and backup. Matze, who was involved in developing the iSCSI protocol, was the founder of both Siafu and Okapi Software. Matze sold Okapi in 2003 to Overland, and Siafu to Hifn in 2007, and was most recently VP of Storage Systems Products at Exar, Inc. BridgeSTOR said it has developed a set of storage appliances which provide inline data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning and encryption, as well as specialized backup for VMware virtual machines. The two products are the BridgeSTOR AOS Appliance for VMware Virtualization and the AOS Backup Exec 2010 Deduplicating Backup Appliance.