NetApp Acquires Instaclustr to Deliver Open Source Databases as a Service MovieUpdates

Software manufacturing companies are increasingly dependent on open source databases to build their programs, but it is complex to work with all these different products. Instaclustr, a California startup, wanted to change that by offering popular open source databases as a service.

Today, NetApp bought the company for an undisclosed amount. Instaclustr gives NetApp customers a way to install popular open source databases without worrying about the headache of dealing with the raw open source. Among their supported projects are PostgresSQL, Apache Kafka, OpenSearch, ElasticSearch, and Apache Cassandra.

This is the latest in a series of small acquisitions for the company, which traditionally provides data and storage management services. In a blog post announcing the deal, NetApp executive vice president and general manager Anthony Lye said the acquisition was ultimately about improving the customer experience by making it easier to install this software.

“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 that customers don’t have to do it themselves,” he wrote.

Coupled with other acquisitions the company has made recently, there’s a pattern as the company tries to move from a legacy storage provider to something more relevant to customers looking to manage workloads in the cloud today.

“We made a series of strategic acquisitions including Spot, CloudCheckr and Fylamynt to deliver FinOps. And with Cloud Hawk, Cloud Secure and CloudCheckr, we now deliver SecOps. We deliver solutions for our customers’ most pressing cloud needs: scale, performance, speed, efficiency, security and cost,” Lyn writes.

Ben Bromhead, CTO and co-founder of Instaclustr, sees the two companies as a logical combination for customers. “From a technology and product perspective, NetApp’s powerful infrastructure solutions are a perfect fit with Instaclustr’s data-layer-as-a-service solutions and services,” he said in a statement.

Founded in 2013, Instaclustr has raised approximately $22 million, according to Crunchbase data. NetApp was founded in 1992 and went public in 1995. The stock rose slightly this afternoon. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of FY2023.

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