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DataCore CEO: MayaData Container Tech ‘Ready For Prime Time’

‘When there’s a generational foundational change like what we’re seeing with containers, a lot of innovations come from the smaller companies, but the channel generally is owned by the larger companies. ... And that’s why you see companies like Veeam, Pure Storage, and DataCore go out and try to acquire some of this innovative technology to basically run through their channels,’ says DataCore CEO David Zabrowski.

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Bringing Storage And Containers Together: DataCore Acquires MayaData

When software-defined storage pioneer DataCore acquired MayaData, leading independent developer of container-attached storage and the original developer of the OpenEBS open-source Kubernetes storage technology, it was the third major storage vendor to do so following Veeam’s October 2020 acquisition of Kasten and Pure Storage’s September 2020 acquisition of Portworx.

DataCore early last year invested $26 million in MayaData to build storage-focused container technology, a move inspired by Google’s move a few years ago to develop the Kubernetes open-source framework, said David Zabrowski, CEO of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company.

“Containers was going to be a once-in-a-generation type of transformation,” Zabrowski told CRN. “And we had some particular expertise because of our performance and our availability expertise from the block storage side, so we were pretty excited about containers. So I actually started a internal ‘skunkworks’ project that ran for about a year, and it became apparent at that time that we thought we had a better approach.”

DataCore is already seeing the fruit of its initial investment in MayaData and in its acquisition of the company as it prepares to release both an open source and a licensed enterprise-hardened version of the OpenEBS storage container technology that was developed by MayaData.

Zabrowski talked with CRN at length about DataCore’s acquisition of MayaData and its prior Caringo acquisition, and about his company’s plans going into 2022. For a look at where DataCore is going, click through the slideshow.

 

 
 
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