Red Hat to acquire Inktank

Open-source specialist to pay $175m in cash for provider of Ceph Enterprise

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Red Hat to acquire Inktank Stevens: The strength of these world-class open storage technologies will offer compelling capability.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 2, 2014

Open source solutions mainstay Red Hat, Inc this week announced it has signed a "definitive agreement" to acquire Inktank, a provider of scale-out, open-source storage systems.

Inktank's flagship technology, Inktank Ceph Enterprise, delivers object and block storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds, including many early adopters of OpenStack clouds.

"Combined with Red Hat's existing GlusterFS-based storage offering, the addition of Inktank positions Red Hat as the leading provider of open software-defined storage across object, block and file system storage," Red Hat said in a statement.

Red Hat expects growth in software-defined platforms to outpace the rest of the file- and object-based storage market.

Founded in 2012, Inktank's main focus has been Ceph, designed as a scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware. Ceph was developed by Inktank's founder and chief technology officer, Sage Weil, and is a replacement for legacy storage systems, providing a unified solution for cloud computing environments.

Inktank's customers include Cisco, CERN and Deutsche Telekom, and its partners include Alcatel-Lucent and Dell. The company has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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