IBM (IBM) agreed to acquire closely held Softek Storage Solutions of Vienna, Va.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Softek will become part of the Storage and Data Services business unit in IBM Global Technology Services.

The acquisition of Softek is the latest example of IBM's continuing strategy to blend software, hardware, and research into higher-margin, standardized services that can be used with multiple clients to help them transform their businesses.

IBM said Softek's patented Transparent Data Migration Facility solution enables a simple, unified approach to the non-disruptive movement and management of data across storage vendor platforms and operating system environments, as part of an information technology infrastructure change. By using Softek's solutions, clients can improve their ability to migrate data while keeping data online and applications available for end users.

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