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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Seagate buys storage company Mirra

Storage device maker Seagate Technology has acquired Mirra in an effort to develop a box that'll let people access their home and small-office content from any Internet-connected PC.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the acquisition announcement on Wednesday. Server maker Mirra now becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate. All 34 people at Mirra are expected to stay onboard at the company's offices, Mirra CEO Tom Shea said.

Mirra, a start-up out of Sunnyvale, Calif., makes a personal server that continuously and automatically backs up files, photos and other digital content from multiple devices. The included software and free service then secures the content and makes the file accessible through a standard Web browser.

"If you had three years' worth of digital photos on your network, you could share those with your mother in another state. All she would need to access the content is a special password and a Web browser," Seagate executive vice president Brian Dexheimer said.

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