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Syncsort is splitting up. The company revealed this week that the data protection business spun off to form a company separate from the data integration business.
The data integration side will keep the Syncsort name. The data protection business will be known as Syncsort Data Protection for now, but will eventually pick a new name for its company. Flavio Santoni, who was Syncsort CEO, will run the data protection business and Lonne Jaffe becomes Syncsort CEO.
Santoni said while the data integration business is bigger than the backup business, he went with the backup team because his background is in storage. Santoni was general manager of LSI’s Engenio storage unit (now owned by NetApp) before becoming Syncsort CEO.
Santoni said the split was planned for more than a year and made sense because the product lines required separate sales, marketing and management teams. He said Syncsort had been run as two separate businesses since the start of this year, and the sales, marketing and engineering teams were independent for four years.
“We’ve been on this path for a while,” he said. “We realized in 2012 that we had a clear path on both businesses. It was time to create two pure-play companies, each with its own management team and investment group.”
The data protection business will be built around the ECX file and snapshot catalog application rolled out last week. The first ECX version works with NetApp and VMware products, but Santoni said the platform will expand.
“The technology is flexible and extensible, and we can extend it to other vendors,” he said. “Catalog is the first service module. Over time, we’ll add backup as another service module and then other service modules.”
One thing that won’t change is the employees’ commute. The companies will continue to share Syncsort’s Woodcliff Lake, N.J. office building, each taking one of its two floors.