Kick-Kaas: NetApp gobbles cloudy Kubernetes upstart StackPointCloud

CEO to stay on as NetApp Kubernetes takes to the skies

NetApp has snapped up Kubernetes botherer StackPointCloud for an undisclosed sum in a deal that heralds the creation of the inspiringly named NetApp Kubernetes.

Snapping up StackPointCloud, specialists in multi-cloud Kubernetes-as-a-service (KaaS) - because, let's face it, there just aren't enough acronyms in DevOps - gives NetApp a cloud-based stack for Azure, AWS, Google and Net App HCI.

The buy means that NetApp can plug StackPointCloud's Kubernetes technology directly into its Data Fabric, which should, in turn, mean that NetApp customers will find it simpler to manage their data and applications in a variety of clouds.

It's all about "innovation, not administration", according to NetApp's Veep of Cloud Data Services, Anthony Lye.

By slurping StackPointCloud, NetApp also reckoned its presence within the Kubernetes and Istio open-source DevOps communities will be "dramatically increased".

StackPointCloud's CEO, Matt Baldwin, along with other members of the startup's team will stay on at NetApp to ensure the storage slinger will "benefit from the knowledge and experience" of StackPointCloud.

The Kubernetes upstart itself began life in 2014, aiming to deliver a "uniform user experience" over multiple cloud providers. The product was launched in 2016 and 10,000 have since used the platform to manage their cloud infrastructure. As NetApp was opening its wallet, StackPointCloud flung out its September release, with the ability to create and manage a multi-region and multi-cloud Istio service mesh.

It is just over a year since NetApp made its last acquisition, Icelandic cloud management outfit Greenqloud in August 2017 and Plexistor the previous May. ®




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