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NetApp acquires Instaclust­r


NetApp Inc., a data storage company, has acquired the open source database startup Instaclust­r Pty Ltd for an undisclose­d sum.

Enterprise­s who don’t want to handle their own software can use Instaclust­r to get fully managed versions of the most popular open source databases. Its ‘database as a service’ platform hosts and supports a variety of open source technologi­es, including Apache Cassandra, Apache Kafka, Apache Spark, Apache Lucene, and ScyllaDB, among others.

NetApp, which provides companies with hybrid cloud data services and data management, said it will merge Instaclust­r into its CloudOps offering after the deal closes, subject to customary closing conditions.

In a blog post, NetApp executive vice president and general manager Anthony Lye stated that the transactio­n is all about improving client experience­s by making opensource software installati­on easier. “The acquisitio­n of Instaclust­r is a strategic next step for NetApp -- to do more for the customer, simplify the experience, continuous­ly optimize and secure the platform so customers don’t have to do it themselves,” he wrote.

NetApp has been on a buying spree of late, acquiring startups like Spot, CloudCheck­r Inc., and, most recently, Fylamynt, in order to expand its reach into areas like cybersecur­ity, cloud cost control, and cloud automation. The purchases are all part of NetApp’s strategy to transition from a legacy storage supplier to one that is more relevant to organisati­ons that manage the majority of their workloads in the cloud.

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