Legato Systems, an enterprise storage management software provider, and OTG Software, a provider of data storage, data access and email management solutions, announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Legato will acquire all of the outstanding shares of OTG in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $403 million.
"Today's announcement represents further expansion of our core strategy, which is to provide our customers solid information protection, the ability to manage and maintain an application environment and the ability to automate recovery on an application specific basis. This acquisition allows us to accelerate our current ability to provide our customers with the most scalable and secure management and applications solutions available in the market today," said David B. Wright, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Legato. "Our companies share a common vision about how the market is evolving and what our customers need. OTG will give us additional software assets and intellectual capital required to address the growing demand among our customers for open, integrated solutions from one source. Our aligned customer-centric culture, strategic alliances and channel partners will enable us to offer industry-leading solutions to our customers," Mr. Wright concluded.
"We are delighted to be joining Legato," said Richard Kay, chairman, president and chief executive officer of OTG. "This strategic combination will enable customers to take full advantage of OTG's strengths in data access and business applications to intelligently manage and retrieve information, including email, rich media and any other form of electronic content. The complementary fit of our highly developed third-party sales channels and vertical partner network with Legato's well-established enterprise sales team and strong global presence will create powerful new 'go to market' opportunities. As a result of this transaction, we believe we have rounded out our platform to meet customers' storage and access needs for managing the information lifecycle." Mr. Kay is expected to join Legato's board of directors after completion of the merger.
Legato said that with a direct sales force and through strategic partnerships and alliances, Legato delivers the business continuance through enterprise automation with information protection, application availability and storage management solutions.
OTG Software said it provides data management and collaboration solutions that virtualize storage for any type of data, including files, messages and databases, while providing transparent access.