AWS, Red Hat move to shore up hybrid cloud environments

ANDY PATRIZIO | November 30, 2018

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Two more signs it’s a hybrid cloud world: This week, Red Hat, in the process of being bought by IBM, acquired a startup that specializes in managing storage across multi-cloud environments. And Amazon launched a raft of hybrid storage services, as well as a service that allows customers to run Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud in your own data center. IBM is not expected to close the planned $34 billion purchase of Red Hat until the second half of 2019, so in the meantime, Red Hat continues on its way, grabbing cloud startups it sees as strategic. This week, it announced its acquisition of NooBaa, which specializes in managing data storage services across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. NooBaa claims it can collapse multiple storage silos into a single, scalable storage fabric by its ability to virtualize any local storage, whether shared or dedicated, physical or virtual, and include both private and public cloud storage. It gives full control over data placement, so users can place data based on security, strategy, and cost considerations. NooBaa’s support for unstructured data should complement Red Hat’s OpenShift container and Ceph storage platforms, which also cover data storage across private and public clouds, particularly object storage.

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