Welcome!

Apache Authors: Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Charlie Clark, Elizabeth White, Trevor Parsons

News Feed Item

DreamHost Says "Well Done, Son" to Inktank on Acquisition by Red Hat

Open Source Storage Baby Grows Up, Could Probably Beat Up Dad

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/30/14 -- DreamHost®, a global leader in web hosting and cloud services for entrepreneurs and developers, today announced its heartfelt congratulations and virtual high-fives all around to the Inktank team on their acquisition by Red Hat for $190MM in deal consideration and retention payments ("that's a whole lotta calamari").

With an ending as happy as this, we just have to tell you the story, so bear with us.

Early work on Ceph, the open source object, block and file storage software, began in 2004 in the verdant hills of UC Santa Cruz as part of the Storage Systems Research Laboratory under sponsorship by the U.S. Department of Energy. DreamHost co-founder Sage Weil was part of the research team that built the first working prototype of the Ceph distributed file system as part of his Ph.D. work on distributed systems with his advisor Scott Brandt.

After a studious Ph.D. and contributions by many a CompSci student, lecturer, and luminary, Sage graduated in 2007 and continued work on Ceph with a small team of engineers at DreamHost, nurtured by admins who long-imagined a world freed from monolithic and proprietary storage systems. Their big dream was to change the world by engineering an open source (now called "software-defined") storage system that would be capable of storing petabytes of data on any old set of servers, and be just as resilient, reliable, and performant as the big expensive options.

In 2010, many important Ceph bits were accepted into the Linux kernel, providing users with native block and file clients. Ceph was blossoming to fill a need faced by many cloud infrastructure and web scale companies -- a need for speedy, reliable, resilient data storage across many thousands of servers where hardware failures are an accepted fact of life.

By 2011 the project had matured, with research institutions, enterprises and service providers of all sizes testing Ceph. Out of this momentum came Inktank, born as a new open source company to expand the development of Ceph and to evangelize, support and provide professional services for the burgeoning distributed storage system. Bryan Bogensberger, a senior executive at DreamHost at the time, developed the business plan for spinning out Inktank, serving as the company's first President/COO and then as its CEO beginning in 2013. Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost, co-founded Inktank along with Sage and Bryan and became Chair of the Board. Simon also led the structuring of the spinoff and the initial $5MM of startup capital from DreamHost. Additional capital later came from other private and strategic investors, taking Inktank's total funding raised to $13MM.

Sage, Bryan and Simon worked closely together in the early days with a growing team to develop the early company strategy, define early product definitions, and create the new branding. Alongside a talented management team, Bryan and Sage went about building a powerhouse organization full of skilled engineers and business team leaders dedicated to leveling the playing field and CRUSHing the competition in software-defined storage.

DreamHost was Inktank's first customer, signing on for enterprise subscription services to support DreamHost's object storage service, DreamObjects (which is, of course, powered by Ceph). DreamObjects was also the world's first and largest public commercial deployment of Ceph when it went into beta in September 2013 and was released into GA in January 2013. Over ten thousand users have signed on as DreamObjects customers since its launch, and their usage levels continue to grow as more and more users realize the power of storing application data and personal backups in the cloud at industry-leading price points.

Ceph has quickly risen to become the open source storage platform of choice for both public and private clouds, and it is quickly gaining popularity among users of the OpenStack framework. According to the OpenStack Foundation, approximately 20% of all OpenStack clouds deploy Ceph for block storage. DreamHost is a major contributor to the OpenStack project and a gold member of the OpenStack Foundation.

"It's awesome to see Sage's vision to create the most disruptive open source storage software recognized through this high profile acquisition by Red Hat," commented Simon. "The whole team here at DreamHost are very proud to have played a role in nurturing Ceph, supporting the Inktank team, and making a gutsy bet with our initial investment. We'll continue to be founding fans as the dramatic adoption of Ceph continues."

"The entire Inktank team would like to thank everyone at DreamHost for their tremendous support," said Bryan. "Without DreamHost's many years of Ceph incubation, months of hardcore testing and being the early adopter, Inktank's tremendous outcome would not have been possible."

"Finally! I am so pleased to be able to stop reading legal documents and get back to writing code," said Sage. "I am grateful to the DreamHost family for the supportive role they have played. This acquisition is a big step forward in bringing resources to bear in making Ceph into an even better storage platform. We are very excited about the future."

The acquisition of Inktank is expected to close on April 30, 2014. Credit Suisse acted as exclusive financial advisor to Inktank, and Cooley LLP served as legal counsel.

About DreamHost

DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services company with over 370,000 entrepreneur and developer customers, and 1.3 million blogs, websites, and apps hosted. The Company develops and uses Open Source software throughout its infrastructure, and is a leading proponent of OpenStack and Ceph. DreamHost offers a wide spectrum of Web services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the public cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the public cloud computing service, DreamCompute. Please visit www.DreamHost.com for more information.

About Inktank

Inktank® is transforming storage with Ceph®, the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that radically improves the economics and management of data management. Launched by leading Ceph developers, Inktank's mission is to help enterprises use Ceph to break free of expensive and proprietary storage systems to decrease their storage costs, increase their operational flexibility, and effectively manage their rapidly growing data. Inktank Ceph Enterprise™ is the market's first enterprise-grade, dedicated Ceph product offering that delivers everything needed to confidently run a production Ceph storage cluster at scale. In addition, Inktank provides best-in-class professional services and Ceph training. Please visit www.inktank.com for more information, or follow us on Twitter at @inktank.

About Ceph
Ceph®, The Future of Storage™, is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware. Ceph has been developed from the ground up to deliver object, block, and file system storage in one self-managing, self-healing platform with no single point of failure. With its highly scalable, software-defined storage architecture, Ceph is an ideal replacement for legacy storage systems and provides a unified solution for cloud computing environments. Ceph is the foundation of Inktank Ceph Enterprise™ and the brainchild of Inktank® founder and CTO Sage Weil.

© 2014 DreamHost, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Press Contacts
Kyle Peterson
Clement Peterson
Email Contact

Brett Dunst
DreamHost
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
Building low-cost wearable devices can enhance the quality of our lives. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sai Yamanoor, Embedded Software Engineer at Altschool, provided an example of putting together a small keychain within a $50 budget that educates the user about the air quality in their surroundings. He also provided examples such as building a wearable device that provides transit or recreational information. He then reviewed the resources available to build wearable devices at home including open source hardware, the raw materials required and the options available to power s...
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, C...
There's Big Data, then there's really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. In her session at Big Data Expo®, Hannah Smalltree, Director at Treasure Data, discussed how IoT, Big Data and deployments are processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines...
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it matters most.
In this Women in Technology Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing at Verizon Enterprise, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO at MetraTech; Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems; Seema Jethani, Director of Product Management at Basho Technologies; Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell Inc.; Anne Hungate, Senior Director of Software Quality at DIRECTV, discussed what path they took to find their spot within the technology industry and how do they see opportunities for other women in their area of expertise.
While great strides have been made relative to the video aspects of remote collaboration, audio technology has basically stagnated. Typically all audio is mixed to a single monaural stream and emanates from a single point, such as a speakerphone or a speaker associated with a video monitor. This leads to confusion and lack of understanding among participants especially regarding who is actually speaking. Spatial teleconferencing introduces the concept of acoustic spatial separation between conference participants in three dimensional space. This has been shown to significantly improve comprehe...
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.