Red Hat signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gluster, Inc., lead provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions in managing unstructured data, for $136 million in cash. The acquisition allows Red Hat to change how enterprise IT manages explosion of big data whether it be deployed on-premise or through public cloud offerings.
“The explosion of big data and the new paradigm of cloud computing are converging, forcing IT to re-think storage investments that are cost-effective, manageable and scale for the future,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat.
In acquiring a company experienced in managing big data, Red Hat will be able to expand its open storage solutions delivery and protect customer investments with solutions such as GlusterFS. GlusterFS is a software-only, scale-out storage system allowing combination of commodity storage and compute resources into a centrally managed storage pool.
Stevens indicates, “customers are looking for software-based storage solutions that manage their file-based data on-premise, in the cloud and bridging between the two. With unstructured data growth (such as log files, virtual machines, email, audio, video and documents), the 90’s paradigm of forcing everything into expensive, single-system DBMS residing on an internal corporate SAN has become unwieldy and impractical.”