Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

Stallman says ZFS-on-Linux is impossible ... now Red Hat has dedupe without GNU legals


Red Hat has acquired “the assets and technology of Permabit Technology Corporation”, a data-shrinking concern, for an undisclosed sum.

Permabit offers data de-duplication and compression software and recently cooked ready-to-run Linux kernel modules of its wares after previously focusing on sales to OEMs.

Red Hat has now decided that its Enterprise Linux (RHEL) needs what Permabit had. The company will add Permabit technology to RHEL and emerge ready “to better enable enterprise digital transformation through more efficient storage options.”

Red Hat thinks Permabit will make it a better platform for containers or hyperconverged infrastructure because the latter company's technology can “increase the amount of storage available to applications without increasing the amount of physical storage.”

What? Who are you? Where am I? Sorry. Dozed off there, because de-dupe and compression are technologies that storage buyers just expect to see on a feature list. They are important, but anodyne.

Another reason for the buy may be that one way to get de-dupe into Linux is with ZFS. But no less an entity than Richard Stallman has declared that tactic impossible on licensing grounds. Could Red Hat have found a way to add necessary and expected features to RHEL while also avoiding a brush with GNU legalese?

Red Hat said the transaction will have no material impact to guidance for its second fiscal quarter. ®

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • Ditching VMware over the Broadcom buy? Here are some of your options
    What's your contingency plan?

    Opinion Broadcom has yet to close the deal on taking over VMware, but the industry is already awash with speculation and analysis as to how the event could impact the cloud giant's product availability and pricing.

    If Broadcom's track record and stated strategy tell us anything, we could soon see VMware refocus its efforts on its top 600 customers and raise prices, and leave thousands more searching for an alternative.

    The jury is still out as to whether Broadcom will repeat the past or take a different approach. But, when it comes to VMware's ESXi hypervisor, customer concern is valid. There aren't many vendor options that can take on VMware in this arena, Forrester analyst Naveen Chhabra, tells The Register.

    Continue reading
  • Linux Foundation thinks it can get you interested in smartNICs
    Step one: Make them easier to program

    The Linux Foundation wants to make data processing units (DPUs) easier to deploy, with the launch of the Open Programmable Infrastructure (OPI) project this week.

    The program has already garnered support from several leading chipmakers, systems builders, and software vendors – Nvidia, Intel, Marvell, F5, Keysight, Dell Tech, and Red Hat to name a few – and promises to build an open ecosystem of common software frameworks that can run on any DPU or smartNIC.

    SmartNICs, DPUs, IPUs – whatever you prefer to call them – have been used in cloud and hyperscale datacenters for years now. The devices typically feature onboard networking in a PCIe card form factor and are designed to offload and accelerate I/O-intensive processes and virtualization functions that would otherwise consume valuable host CPU resources.

    Continue reading
  • openSUSE Leap 15.4: The best desktop on the RPM side of the Linux world
    The Reg FOSS desk takes the latest stable distro for a spin

    Review The Reg FOSS desk took the latest update to openSUSE's stable distro for a spin around the block and returned pleasantly impressed.

    As we reported earlier this week, SUSE said it was preparing version 15 SP4 of its SUSE Linux Enterprise distribution at the company's annual conference, and a day later, openSUSE Leap version 15.4 followed.

    The relationship between SUSE and the openSUSE project is comparable to that of Red Hat and Fedora. SUSE, with its range of enterprise Linux tools, is the commercial backer, among other sponsors.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022