NetApp acquires Instaclustr to provide open source databases as a service – TechCrunch

Companies producing software increasingly depend on open source databases to build their programs, but it is complex to work with all these different products. Instaclustr, a Californian startup, wanted to change that by offering popular open source databases delivered as a service.

Today, NetApp purchased the company for an undisclosed amount. Instaclustr offers NetApp customers a way to install popular open source databases without worrying about the headaches of managing raw open source. Some of their supported projects include PostgreSQL, Apache Kafka, OpenSearch, ElasticSearch, and Apache Cassandra.

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

“The acquisition of Instagramlustr is a strategic next step for NetApp; do more for the customer, simplify the experience, continuously optimize and secure the platform so customers don’t have to do it themselves,” he wrote.

When combined with other acquisitions the company has made recently, there’s a trend here as the company tries to move from a legacy storage vendor to something that’s more relevant to customers who today are looking to manage workloads in the cloud.

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

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

Instaclustr was founded in 2013 and has raised around $22 million, according to data from Crunchbase. NetApp was founded in 1992 and went public in 1995. The stock is up slightly this afternoon. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

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Steven L. Nielsen