We were interested to learn at the end of August that Red Hat, as per their official announcement, “has acquired the assets and technology of Permabit Technology Corporation”. Permabit is a company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that works on data deduplication, thin provisioning and compression. At the time of Red Hat’s announcement it was unclear whether it had bought the entire company or a section of it. Also, while the amount Red Hat has paid for Permabit is unknown, 16 Permabit employees will be transferring to Red Hat ranks.
Red Hat is one of the leaders of the open-source hybrid computing field which sees companies maintain on-premises data centres. These data centres are are vital to run cloud services for individuals and companies. Cloud Services provided by companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google rely on the data centres working at optimum efficiency. Permabit technology will be an immense boon to Red Hat as it works with multi-nationals through the rise of hyperconverged infrastructure as well as containers and big data.
It is anticipated that Red Hat will have access to the proprietary deduplication tech that is a core element of Permabit’s business. This will help Red Hat to to deal with data storage issues becoming more prevalent with the sheer volume of data being created. Like many other companies Red Hat is eager to cut down on the amount of drive space used for everyday data and Permabit’s compression tech. Red Hat’s work with Linux software will also benefit from data compression in cloud computing environments.
In an announcement in 2016 Permabit disclosed that it would be working with Red Hat in an effort to test VDO data reduction for Linux. So Red Hat has already had a taste of what it will be getting its hands on.
There has been some speculation that this further collaboration between Red Hat and Permabit will see Zettabyte File System (ZFS) capabilities being brought to Linux. ZFS has previously posed an issue for Linux due to licensing incompatibility.