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Wow! Red Hat’s buying Inktank for its Ceph storage smarts

Barb Darrow

Interesting: Red Hat is buying Inktank, the company behind the popular Ceph open-source distributed storage technology.

In its press release Red Hat positioned the acquisition as complementary to its Gluster storage technology and said it will boost Red Hat’s presence in software-defined storage. Oh, and give big customers an option aside from proprietary solutions from EMC Terms were not disclosed. (Red Hat bought Gluster and its scale-out storage expertise two years ago.

Brian Stevens, CTO and VP, Red Hat JULIADEBOER PHOTOGRAPHY http://www.juliadeboer.com

Red Hat which leads the leagues in enterprise Linux is trying to replicate that success in OpenStack cloud — and tehre Ceph is a very important component. Many OpenStack proponents prefer Ceph to OpenStack’s own Swift storage becuase it provides both block storage and file storage capabilities while Swift focuses on object.

I guess the news shouldn’t be a total surprise, Inktank added Red Hat support to Ceph a year ago. But still, this news may unsettle some of the OpenStack players who view Red Hat as a possible threat and would like to see its power over the emerging framework limited.

Red Hat EVP Brian Stevens and Inktank founder Sage Weil will speak more about the deal later on Wednesday. And we’ll be sure to ask Stevens about this during his appearance at Gigaom Structure in June.





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