NetApp announces intent to acquire industry leader Instaclustr

George Kurian, Chief Executive Officer at NetApp

NetApp®, a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Instaclustr, a leading platform provider of fully managed open-source database, pipeline and workflow applications delivered as a service.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions. Cloud applications rely on a set of foundational services like open-source databases, data pipelines, and workflow solutions.

What does fruition of the deal mean to NetApp clients?

Efficiently managing complexity and operational requirements of these apps adds new challenges for already overstretched database and operations teams, increasing application integration and delivery costs, slowing application delivery and limiting application innovation.

“NetApp has long been enabling clients to run applications. The acquisition of Instaclustr will compute optimization with Instaclustr’s database and data pipeline services to give clients a Cloud Operations platform that provides the best and most optimized foundation for their applications in the public clouds and on premises,” said George Kurian, CEO at NetApp.

The acquisition of Instaclustr builds on a series of strategic acquisitions made by NetApp to deliver a leading platform for CloudOps. These include Spot, CloudCheckr, Data Mechanics, Fylamynt and now Instaclustr have made Spot a compelling platform for apps on one cloud.

How does NetApp further build on its market ecosystem?

NetApp offers continuous optimization, automation, monitoring, and security combined with expertise deploying and operating open-source applications, all delivered as a service, on public and private clouds to give customers more cloud with less cost and less time.

“Data management tech platforms are an essential priority for today’s modern enterprise as companies look for new ways to accelerate application development for competitive advantage. Instaclustr delivers fully managed open-source solutions that give companies increased productivity and reduced cost,” said Peter Lilley, CEO and Co-founder at Instaclustr.

“Instaclustr’s growth has been driven by the fact that companies want to leverage open-source databases, pipelines, and workflow applications without overwhelming themselves with the complexity and cost of managing and operating them,” Peter added.

“We are excited for organizations building applications for their multi-cloud and hybrid cloud reality to benefit directly from Instaclustr’s data PaaS solutions along with NetApp and Spot by NetApp’s infrastructure solutions, while minimizing operations burdens.”

“As companies race to modernize and digitally transform in the cloud, they must implement solutions that enable them to focus more on building and releasing cutting-edge applications at speed, spending less on infrastructure management and operations,” said Anthony Lye, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Public Cloud Services at NetApp.

“Instaclustr does just that and will be a significant addition to our Spot by NetApp portfolio, solving common challenges of cloud complexity, cost overruns, single vendor lock-in, and customers’ lack of internal technical resources. The acquisition marks a critical advancement in our strategy to run application driven platforms and infrastructures,” Anthony added.

“From a tech perspective, NetApp’s infrastructure solutions pair perfectly with Instaclustr’s data-layer-as-a-service solutions,” said Ben Bromhead, CTO and Co-founder at Instaclustr.

“For enterprise clients operating applications in the public cloud, NetApp and Instaclustr’s combined platform will offer a solution for overcoming complexities while eliminating vendor lock-in risks and the high costs of building and maintaining that same expertise internally.”