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EMC to acquire software developer

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Associated Press / February 22, 2008

HOPKINTON - Data storage vendor EMC Corp. yesterday agreed to acquire Pi Corp., a privately held developer of software and services to help individuals sort through and share increasing volumes of data.

Hopkinton-based EMC hopes the deal will expand its presence in the emerging field of "cloud computing," a term for technology that allows computers to work across large pools of shared systems, rather than on local machines or remote server farms.

EMC did not disclose how much it paid in its all-cash transaction for Seattle-based Pi.

The four-year-old firm and its staff of about 100 engineers will operate as an independent EMC subsidiary, and continue expanding in its Seattle headquarters, and offices in Montreal, and Bangalore, India, the companies said.

Pi is testing its first products to help organize the growing flow of digital information.

"As the leading provider of information infrastructure, we are positioned to set a new standard for organizing, accessing, and deriving value from this information," said Joe Tucci, EMC's president, chairman, and chief executive.

Once the transaction is completed by the end of next month, Pi's founder and chief executive, Paul Maritz, will become president and general manager of EMC's newly formed Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division. Maritz spent 14 years with Microsoft Corp. and served as a member of Microsoft's executive committee before founding Pi.

EMC disclosed the deal after its shares closed down a penny, at $15.42.

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