Red Hat Acquires Data DeDup Specialist Permabit

Scott Ferguson

Red Hat is acquiring the "assets and technology" of Permabit Technology, a data deduplication specialist, and plans to incorporate its storage compression technology into its Linux platform, as well as its hyperconverged and container offerings.

The two companies announced the agreement on Monday, and Red Hat noted that the deal will have no material impact on its fiscal second quarter, which ends on August 31.

Financial details were not released.

While data deduplication, storage compression and clean-up might seem like older, more standard technologies, the pressure of building cloud infrastructure has focused many enterprises on keeping storage costs down.

(Source: Red Hat)
(Source: Red Hat)

This is especially important when it comes to hyperconverged, which combines the networking, compute and storage into a single fabric. Keeping costs under control and cleaning up data can help smooth a company's transition to cloud.

Hyperconverged is usually a key technology to creating a hybrid cloud infrastructure, which incorporate elements of public and private platforms.

"Enterprise-class, open source solutions can help to address the storage challenges posed by these digitally transformative technologies by using software to increase the amount of storage available to applications without increasing the amount of physical storage," Red Hat said in a statement.

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In its statement, Red Hat added that it plans to incorporate Permabit's technology into its Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as well as its cloud offering, including the Red Hat OpenStack Platform and its Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Over the past several years, Red Hat has shifted its focus to incorporate more cloud offerings, as its customers shifted their focus. The company has been especially interested in delving deeper into containers as a way to build cloud-native applications. (See Red Hat's OpenShift Online Revamped for Containers.)

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8/1/2017 | 2:21:52 PM
It seems like this acquisition may be a way for Red Hat to include some de-dupe features of ZFS in its Linux without violating the Linux license. Other Linux vendors (eg. Ubuntu) are trying to get around the licensing problems with OpenZFS and other legal maneuvering. 

Otherwise, Oracle holds the ZFS cards since it acquired Sun.... 
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