Inktank Expands Open Source Cloud Partnerships
Close on the heels of a recent agreement with Citrix, the Big Data and storage company Inktank continues to expand its partner network. Its latest deals, with Metacloud and Canonical, promise to enhance its importance in the open source channel as demand for Big Data solutions continues to explode.
As we’ve noted previously, Inktank is a relatively new endeavor. It was created earlier this year to provide commercial support and services for the Ceph open source distributed storage system. And while Ceph itself dates to 2007, it had not been a significant component of any commercial products until Inktank’s announcement last week of a deal for integrating the technology into Citrix’s CloudPlatform system.
But the Citrix partnership, it seems, was only the beginning of an aggressive strategy by Inktank to expand its channel presence. This week, the company announced two new partnerships, one with private cloud vendor Metacloud and the other with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux.
The agreement with Metacloud will promote the integration of Ceph into the company’s private cloud products, which are based on the open source OpenStack platform. Inktank, meanwhile, will offer support and other services tailored to those deployments.
Similarly, the Canonical partnership involves delivering enterprise services
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