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IBM in talks to buy Storwize for $140 milllion: report

A man walks past the headquarters of IBM Japan in Tokyo March 18, 2010. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - IBM Corp IBM.N is in talks to acquire U.S.-Israeli data storage company Storwize Inc for $140 million, Israel's TheMarker financial news website reported on Sunday.

Storwize, which develops online data compression software that increases storage space in network storage environments, has raised $40 million since it was founded in 2004, the report said.

TheMarker said the deal was expected to close by the end of July.

Storwize officials could not be reached for comment.

Investors in Storwize include Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, Tamares Group and Tokyo Electron Device.

Reporting by Tova Cohen; Editing by Louise Heavens

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