Red Hat acquires hybrid cloud data management vendor NooBaa; offers unified data platform for distributed hybrid, multi-cloud environments



Red Hat, provider of open source solutions, announced Tuesday that it has acquired NooBaa, an early stage company developing software for managing data storage services across hybrid and multi-cloud environments. The addition of NooBaa’s data management technology augments Red Hat’s existing portfolio of hybrid cloud offerings and helps advance Red Hat’s position as a vendor of open hybrid cloud technologies.

NooBaa’s technologies complement and enhance Red Hat’s portfolio of hybrid cloud technologies, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage and Red Hat Ceph Storage. Together, these technologies are designed to provide users with a set of powerful, consistent and cohesive capabilities for managing application, compute, storage and data resources across public and private infrastructures.

According to industry analyst firm Gartner, “The landscape of cloud adoption is one of hybrid clouds and multiclouds. By 2020, 75 percent of organizations will have deployed a multicloud or hybrid cloud model.” As these heterogeneous environments become a de facto standard for modern workloads, they can lead to a proliferation of disparate data silos that increase the complexity of managing and scaling cloud-native applications.

NooBaa was founded in 2013 to address the need for greater visibility and control over unstructured data spread throughout these distributed environments. To achieve this, the company developed a data platform designed to serve as an abstraction layer over existing storage infrastructure. This abstraction not only enables data portability from one cloud to another, but allows users to manage data stored in multiple locations as a single, coherent data set that an application can interact with.

“Data portability is a key imperative for organizations building and deploying cloud-native applications across private and multiple clouds,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage and Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Red Hat. “NooBaa’s technologies will augment our portfolio and strengthen our ability to meet the needs of developers in today’s hybrid and multicloud world. We are thrilled to welcome a technical team of nine to the Red Hat family as we work together to further solidify Red Hat as a leading provider of open hybrid cloud technologies.”

“Cloud object storage is becoming increasingly relevant in enterprise due to its intrinsic capabilities: global data distribution, data durability, unmatched scalability into the exabytes, and overall cost-effectiveness,” said Enrico Signoretti, research analyst, GigaOm. “Solutions are easy to adopt, as they are offered by public cloud providers or on-premises. Data is accessed through standard HTTP-based protocols and can be written and retrieved anywhere from any device. However, making data accessible to all remote and local applications and users securely, at a low latency across multiple clouds, is still very challenging. This leads to a rise of application complexity, higher costs, and limited freedom in the execution of a multi-cloud strategy.”

NooBaa’s technology enables application developers to define policies for their data and its life cycle by providing an abstraction layer on top of existing object storage systems such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and Azure Blob Storage in the public cloud or on-premises with Red Hat Ceph Storage.

By abstracting the underlying cloud storage infrastructure for developers, NooBaa provides a common set of interfaces and advanced data services for cloud-native applications. Developers can also read and write to a single consistent endpoint without worrying about the underlying storage infrastructure.

Red Hat plans to use NooBaa’s technology to augment the capabilities of Red Hat’s existing storage portfolio, including Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage by bringing a comprehensive set of data services. “We believe that the combination of data resiliency features and greater ease of data migration between cloud providers adds to Red Hat’s value proposition around application portability,” added Rangachari in a company blog post.

In addition, integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform can enable developers to create data-driven applications and take advantage of the advanced data services offered by NooBaa. By providing a consistent data experience across platforms, NooBaa is a complement to the application experience offered by OpenShift.

The addition of NooBaa’s technology and talent pool adds a competitive edge to Red Hat’s offerings tailored to address the needs of developers building tomorrow’s cloud-native applications.

 

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