Red Hat Buys Ceph Storage Provider Inktank for $175M

Open source solution provider Red Hat just inked a deal to acquire a big name in scale-out, open source storage systems. The company snapped up Inktank for $175 million in cash.

Inktank is best known for its Ceph Enterprise. The companyEUs flagship technology offers object and blog storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds, including early adopters of OpenStack clouds. Ceph is a scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware.

Red Hat figures that combining InktankEUs tech with its existing GlusterFS-based storage offering positions the firm as the go-to provider of open software-defined storage across object, block and file system storage. But is it just wishful thinking?

Brian Stevens, executive vice president and CTO at Red Hat, is betting on more than wishes. As he sees it, Inktank built a community that can be EUnurturedEU to make open the EUde facto choice for software-defined storage.EU

IDC Confirms Demand

Of course, part of the success equation depends on how quickly customers move to software-based, scale-out storage systems. But IDC's Ashish Nadkarni, the firm's research director for Storage Systems, seems to validate Red HatEUs thinking around the Inktank acquisition in a recent report on software-defined storage.

EUSoftware-defined platforms will continue to grow faster than any other market segment in the file- and object-based storage market,EU Nadkarni said in the report. EUThis growth will primarily be driven by a rich and diverse set of data-intensive use cases across multiple industries and geographies."

HereEUs what Inktank, which was founded in 2012, brings to the table. First, the company is focused on driving the widespread adoption of Ceph. Inktank's founder and chief technology officer, Sage Weil, developed Ceph as a replacement for legacy storage systems that provides a unified solution for cloud computing environments.

InktankEUs value proposition is helping customers scale storage to the exabyte-level --...

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