Red Hat buys Gluster to manage data

Red Hat has dived into the unstructured data management game via its US$136 million purchase of Gluster.

Red Hat has dived into the unstructured data management game via its US$136 million purchase of Gluster.

On Tuesday in the US, Red Hat said that it would acquire Gluster, which provides open-source storage software to manage unstructured data, for US$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 that the purchase won't materially boost revenue, but should boost subscription sales in fiscal 2013. Red Hat also reaffirmed its outlook provided on its 21 September earnings call.

Via ZDNet