Red Hat Acquires Data DeDup Specialist Permabit

Red Hat plans to incorporate Permabit's storage compression technology into its Linux platform, as well as hyperconverged and container offerings.

Scott Ferguson, Managing Editor, Light Reading

August 1, 2017

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Red Hat Acquires Data DeDup Specialist Permabit

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.

Figure 1: (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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About the Author(s)

Scott Ferguson

Managing Editor, Light Reading

Prior to joining Enterprise Cloud News, he was director of audience development for InformationWeek, where he oversaw the publications' newsletters, editorial content, email and content marketing initiatives. Before that, he served as editor-in-chief of eWEEK, overseeing both the website and the print edition of the magazine. For more than a decade, Scott has covered the IT enterprise industry with a focus on cloud computing, datacenter technologies, virtualization, IoT and microprocessors, as well as PCs and mobile. Before covering tech, he was a staff writer at the Asbury Park Press and the Herald News, both located in New Jersey. Scott has degrees in journalism and history from William Paterson University, and is based in Greater New York.

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