NetApp Bought Iceland's Greenqloud To Fill Data Fabric Need For Cloud Automation, Orchestration


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Storage vendor NetApp topped off a strong first fiscal quarter with the acquisition of Greenqloud, a Reykjavik, Iceland-based developer of technology for enterprise-scale cloud management.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based NetApp reported 2 percent overall revenue growth, with its all-flash array business growing 95 percent year-over-year. The company said its upcoming entry into the hyper-converged infrastructure market is on-track for release this year.

NetApp CEO George Kurian, during his prepared remarks for Wednesday's first quarter fiscal year 2018 analyst call, unveiled the acquisition of Greenqloud.

[Related: CRN Exclusive: NetApp CEO Kurian On Turning Corner On Growth, Competing With Dell EMC And Fending Off Pure Storage]

"At the start of Q2, we acquired Greenqloud, a private start-up company that created a cloud services orchestration and management platform for hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments," Kurian. "Greenqloud augments our team and accelerates our leadership in hybrid cloud data services by providing NetApp with a scalable architecture, unique technology, and expertise that enhances our ability to integrate and deliver cloud data services."

No dollar value was provided for the acquisition.

Kurian, in an emailed response to a request for more information from CRN, said Greenqloud’s cloud services and application orchestration platform for hybrid and multi-cloud environments accelerate the company's leadership in hybrid cloud data services.

"[It is] providing NetApp with a scalable architecture, unique technology, and expertise that enhances our ability to integrate and deliver cloud data services," Kurian said.

Kurian, in an email to CRN, stated that Greenqloud technology is complementary to other NetApp projects and that integration plans with NetApp technology will be detailed in the future.

"Acquiring Greenqloud provides NetApp with unique technology, scalable architecture and expertise will accelerate NetApp's leadership in providing hybrid cloud data services. Greenqloud has extensive experience building and running large scale cloud services that will augment our team and accelerate our leadership in hybrid cloud data services," he said.

Greenqloud is the developer of Qstack, which the company calls a unified infrastructure management interface that lets enterprises "securely and efficiently manage their enter data center  portfolio – including multiple public and private clouds located in different geo-zones – all directly from the same self-service portal."

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