It's over. I think. NTAP withdrew its bid for DDUP

NetApp officially pulled out of its bidding for Data Domain today, allowing the EMC acquisition to move forward.

A tweet from Steve Duplessie said that he thought this would get “even more interesting.”  Is he hinting at what some have hinted at?

The rumor I have is that the NTAP/DDUP deal was supposed to be a 2-fer.  NTAP was to buy DDUP, then HP was to buy NTAP.  Now HP’s probably not as interested in NTAP without DDUP.  Could they possibly put in an 11th hour bid for DDUP AND NTAP?  Anything is liable to happen in this crazy world.

I’m going to post my thoughts about EMC owing DDUP in another post.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.