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Red Hat snaps up storage firm Inktank for $175m

Calamari is worth a lot more than six squid
Thu May 01 2014, 11:27
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ENTERPRISE LINUX VENDOR Red Hat has announced that it bought storage system provider Inktank.

Inktank is the company behind Ceph, the cloud based object and block storage software package used in a number of Openstack cloud configurations.

Ceph will continue to be marketed alongside Red Hat's own GlusterFS in a deal worth $175m, which the company does not believe will adversely affect its financial forecasts for the year.

Brian Stevens, EVP and CTO of Red Hat said, "Red Hat has become a leader in software defined storage across all dimensions of file, object and block storage. Red Hat is the leading developer of Openstack and today we become the leader in open stack storage as well, adding flexibility for supporting open hybrid cloud requirements, something that Red Hat feels passionately about."

As part of the deal Ceph's Monitoring and Diagnostics tool Calamari will also become open source, allowing users to add their own modules and functionality.

Inktank founder Sage Weil used his blog to assure users that the two storage systems will be treated with equal respect. "Red Hat intends to administer the Ceph trademark in a manner that protects the ecosystem as a whole and creates a level playing field where everyone is held to the same standards of use."

Red Hat made the announcement fresh from Red Hat Summit in New York, where the company reaffirmed that it is the Linux distribution of choice at the CERN supercollider in Switzerland.

The Inktank deal is set to close later this month. µ

 

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