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Red Hat acquires Permabit Assets

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Red Hat has acquired the assets and technology of Permabit Technology, a provider of software for data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning.
With the addition of Permabit’s data deduplication and compression capabilities, Red Hat will be able to better enable enterprise digital transformation through more efficient storage options.
With the addition of Permabit’s data deduplication and compression tools to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat will be ready to support these organisations as they seek to derive a more efficient storage footprint to power business innovation.
With Permabit’s technology, Red Hat can bring powerful data deduplication and compression features into Red Hat Enterprise Linux itself, which will also enhance capabilities across Red Hat’s hybrid cloud and storage technologies, including Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Storage.
Consistent with its commitment to delivering fully open source solutions and upstream-first innovation, Red Hat plans to open source Permabit’s technology. This will enable customers to use a single, supported and fully-open platform to drive storage efficiency, without having to rely on heterogeneous tools or customised and poorly-supported operating systems.
Jim Totton, vice-president and GM of Red Hat, says: “Digitally-transformative technologies, including cloud infrastructure, Linux containers and hyper-converged infrastructure, require enterprises to re-examine overlooked or previously commoditised technology decisions, especially storage, to gain as many efficiencies as possible for business evolution.
“With the addition of Permabit’s data deduplication and compression tools to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat will be ready to support these organizations as they seek to derive a more efficient storage footprint to power business innovation.”