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Red Hat to acquire Inktank, a cloud storage company with UCSC roots

by Tim Stephens
UC Santa Cruz

Inktank founder Sage Weil developed the company’s open-source Ceph data storage system as a computer science graduate student at UC Santa Cruz

Open-source software provider Red Hat has announced it will acquire Inktank, a data storage company with origins in a UC Santa Cruz research project, for $175 million.ceph

Inktank founder and CTO Sage Weil built the first working prototype of the company’s open-source Ceph storage software as a computer science graduate student in UCSC’s Baskin School of Engineering. After earning his Ph.D. in 2007, Weil continued working to develop Ceph into a robust, massively scalable cloud storage platform.

“Ceph is the most scalable, most robust cloud storage system available, and it’s open source. The acquisition by Red Hat secures Ceph’s place in the open-source world,” said Scott Brandt, a professor of computer science who was Weil’s adviser at UCSC. Brandt is now UCSC’s vice chancellor for research.

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