Red Hat buys Gluster, eyes unstructured data management

Summary:Red Hat dives into the unstructured data management game via a $136 million purchase of Gluster.

Red Hat on Tuesday said it will acquire Gluster, which provides open source storage software to manage unstructured data, for $136 million in cash. The move comes as HP officially acquired Autonomy in another move to focus on unstructured data such as video and text in the enterprise.

Red Hat's acquisition of Gluster has a slightly different spin, but the goal to target the so-called big data market is the same.

According to Red Hat, the Gluster deal will allow it to target unstructured data with the GlusterFS, a software only storage system. GlusterFS enables enterprises to combine commodity storage and computing resources into one pool. Gluster counts companies such as Pandora, Box.net and Samsung as customers.

Red Hat said the purchase won't materially boost revenue, but should boost subscription sales in fiscal 2013. Red Hat also reaffirmed its outlook that it provided on its Sept. 21 earnings call.

Topics: Linux, Data Centers, Open Source

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