May 26, 2022

Software companies are increasingly relying on open source databases to build their programs, but working with all these different products is getting more complex. California-based startup InstaClustr wanted to make a difference by offering the popular open source database as a service.

NetApp bought the company today for an undisclosed sum. Instaclustr gives NetApp customers the ability to install popular open source databases without worrying about the headaches of raw open source. Among the projects they support are PostgresSQL, Apache Kafka, OpenSearch, ElasticSearch and Apache Cassandra,

This is the latest in a series of smaller acquisitions for a company that has traditionally provided data and storage management services. In a blog post announcing the deal, NetApp executive vice president and general manager Anthony Lai said the acquisition is ultimately about improving the customer experience by making the software easier to install.

“The acquisition of InstaClustr is the next strategic move for NetApp; To do more for the customer, make things easier, constantly optimize and secure the platform so that customers don’t have to do it themselves,” he wrote.

As with the company’s other recent acquisitions, there’s a pattern as the company attempts to be something more relevant than a legacy storage provider for customers managing workloads in the cloud today.

“We have made several strategic acquisitions including Spot, Cloudchecker and Filemint to provide FinOps. And thanks to Cloud Hawk, Cloud Secure and CloudChecker, we now keep transactions secure. We provide solutions for our customers’ most pressing cloud needs: scale, performance, speed, efficiency, security, and cost,” writes Lin.

Ben Bromhead, CTO and co-founder of InstaClustr, believes both companies make a logical combination for customers. “From a technology and product standpoint, NetApp’s powerful infrastructure solutions are ideal for InstaCluster’s data-layer solutions and services,” he said in a statement.

Founded in 2013, InstaClustr has raised about $22 million, according to Crunchbase. NetApp was founded in 1992 and went public in 1995. In the afternoon, shares rose slightly. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

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