Red Hat Acquires Gluster Cloud-Ready Storage System
Red Hat gets into the storage software business by acquiring a virtual appliance-type file system for data storage that enables access to the same data as both an object and as a file.Red Hat, the world's most financially successful Linux software and services company, made a bold move into the storage software business Oct. 4 with the acquisition of Gluster, whose open-source storage file system for unstructured data runs a growing number of new-generation IT companies. The transaction will cost Red Hat about $136 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in October.
The newest version of the virtual appliance-type file system for data storage enables access to the same data as both an object and as a file-a huge perk for storage managers.
What an Industry Insider Has to Say
"This acquisition is further proof of the prevalence of open source in the enterprise IT stack, and shows that open source is clearly taking the lead when it comes to Big Data management," Yves de Montcheuil, vice-president of marketing at French open source data integration toolmaker Talend, told eWEEK via email.
"After all, Hadoop, the leading Big Data solution, is foremost an open source project. With Gluster, Red Hat invests in a lesser-known technology but one that clearly complements their middleware stack.
"Open source is also the foundation on which cloud infrastructure is being deployed, and Gluster's scaling out capabilities make it possible to support seamlessly hybrid environments. Talend will be looking forward to seeing Gluster take off under Red Hat's wing, and of course leveraging it as we already leverage a large number of data management technologies."