Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Red Hat to Acquire Inktank, Provider of Ceph Scale-Out Storage

Red Hat agreed to acquire Inktank, a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage systems, for approximately $175 million in cash.

Founded in 2012, Inktank’s main objective has been to drive the widespread adoption of Ceph, a scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware.   The company's flagship technology, Inktank Ceph Enterprise, delivers object and block storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds, including many early adopters of OpenStack clouds. Ceph was developed by Inktank’s founder and chief technology officer, Sage Weil, and is a replacement for legacy storage systems and provides a unified solution for cloud computing environments. 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.

Red Hat said the Ceph technology will be combined with its own existing GlusterFS-based storage offering, thus positioning Red Hat as the leading provider of open software-defined storage across object, block and file system storage.