Red Hat Acquires Gluster

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Red Hat today announced it has acquired privately-held Gluster, a provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for unstructured data, for approximately $136 million in cash.

“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 Red Hat Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Worldwide Engineering Brian Stevens. “Our 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.”

“We are extremely pleased to be joining Red Hat,” said Gluster Co-founder and CTO AB Periasamy. “We believe this is a perfect combination of technologies, strategies and cultures and is a great development for our customers, employees, investors and community. Gluster started off with a goal to be the Red Hat of storage. Now, we are the storage of Red Hat.”

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