Red Hat to acquire storage systems vendor Inktank for $175 million

Red Hat is set to acquire open source storage systems vendor Inktank for approximately $175 million in cash.

Inktank Ceph Enterprise offers object and block storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds.

The acquisition will enable Red Hat, which has GlusterFS-based storage offering, to better position as the leading provider of open software-defined storage across object, block and file system storage.

Funded by Sage Weil, its founder and chief technology officer, Inktank’s primary goal has been to help customers scale their storage to the exabyte-level and beyond in a cost-effective way. 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.

Brian Stevens, executive vice president and CTO, Red Hat, said: “Inktank has done a brilliant job assembling an ecosystem around Ceph and we look forward to expanding on this success together. The strength of these open storage technologies will offer compelling capability as customers move to software-based scale-out storage systems.”

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