Red Hat Buys Cloud Storage Vendor Gluster for approximately $136 million (£88m) in cash to boost its cloud offerings.
Red Hat, the Linux software and services company, has made a bold move into the storage software business with the acquisition of Gluster, whose open-source storage file system for unstructured data runs a growing number of new-generation IT companies.
The latest version of the virtual appliance file system for data storage enables access to the same data as both an object and as a file – a huge perk for storage managers.
For infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers, GlusterFS 3.3 enables organisations to build their own Amazon-like storage offerings for their customers. Companies can use GlusterFS to accelerate the process of preparing applications for the cloud, simplify new application development for cloud computing environments, and back up data centre unified files and objects to Amazon Web Services (AWS) or to a private cloud.