Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Cloud Computing
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Red Hat Buys Ceph Storage Provider Inktank for $175M
Red Hat Buys Ceph Storage Provider Inktank for $175M

By Jennifer LeClaire
April 30, 2014 1:54PM

    Bookmark and Share
Inktank gives Red Hat a best of breed solution for object storage and OpenStack that could be valuable going forward in the light of increasing cloud and big data deployments. Acquiring Inktank also allows Red Hat to be used across a variety of different storage platforms, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund IT.
 



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 company’s 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 Inktank’s 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 “nurtured” to make open the “de facto choice for software-defined storage.”

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 Hat’s thinking around the Inktank acquisition in a recent report on software-defined storage.

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

Here’s 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.

Inktank’s value proposition is helping customers scale storage to the exabyte-level -- and beyond -- in a cost-effective way. Current customers are impressive, including Cisco, CERN and Deutsche Telekom, and its partners include Alcatel-Lucent and Dell.

What Red Hat Really Gets

We caught up with Charles King, principal analyst at Pund IT, to get his take on the Red Hat acquisition. He told us Inktank gives the company a best of breed solution for object storage and OpenStack that could be valuable going forward in the light of increasing cloud and big data deployments.

“This acquisition also allows Red Hat to be used across a variety of different storage platforms, including what you might call white box storage -- what people call ‘just a bunch of disks,’ or JBOD systems, that more or less sidestep traditional storage vendors,” King said. “That’s an increasing issue in cloud.”

In fact, King is watching the cloud impact traditional storage vendors in the same way it’s impacting traditional service vendors. Specifically, cloud service providers are buying homogenous low-cost storage from original design manufacturers, then deploying it with their own software.

“In this particular case,” King concluded, “Inktank Ceph supports that type of deployment. That could increase the attractiveness of Red Hat to many up and coming and existing cloud providers.”
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

G. Tookus:

Posted: 2014-05-02 @ 4:11am PT
So on April 29, Red Hat releases this report blasting Ceph, on April 30 they acquire Intank. https://engage.redhat.com/openstack-storage-ceph-s-201404290449 hmmm ....



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Cloud Computing
1.   Oracle Updates Database, Linux Products
2.   Cloud Wars: AWS vs. Microsoft, IBM
3.   Yammer Moved to Office 365
4.   IBM, California Partner in the Cloud
5.   Dropbox for Business Boosts Security


advertisement
Amazon Intros Zocalo Storage Service
Online storage and sharing for business.
Average Rating:
Avaya Pressing Hard on Cloud-Based UC
Provides easier, faster provisioning.
Average Rating:
Cisco Woos More Devs with DevNet
To create new network-aware apps.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It
Starting this week, Facebook users with Android and iOS phones will be forced to use the separate Messenger app to send Facebook messages. Pending messages will still be visible in the main app.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.