NetApp has acquired software-defined storage vendor Talon.

Talon Storage provides solutions that enable enterprises to consolidate data into the Cloud. Its FAST software is a cloud data service that provides a Global File Cache service for ROBO workloads that enables file server consolidation into a secure, globally accessible file system on NetApp’s public cloud platform.

NetApp will integrate the acquired technology with its own NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files solutions, which it says will give customers a faster path to the public cloud at a better total cost of ownership and ensure enterprises can centralise their data in the Cloud while maintaining a consistent branch office experience for large networks of geographically dispersed distributed file servers. According to Talon, FAST can enable up to 70% reduction in costs for clients with a lot of branches.

Its 400 customers include companies such as Capita, Lego and Swiss Reinsurance. But the customer bases of the two companies overlap.

“As we grow our cloud data services offerings with solutions like Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Cloud Volumes Service, Azure NetApp Files and Cloud Insights, we are excited about the potential that lies in front of this new combined team to deliver complete solutions for primary workloads,” commented Anthony Lye, senior vice president and general manager of NetApp’s Cloud Data Services business unit. “We share the same vision as the team did at Talon – a unified footprint of unstructured data that all users access seamlessly, regardless of where in the world they are, as if all users and data were in the same physical location. And to do this without impacting workflow, user experience – and at a lower cost.”

Talon founder Shirish Phatak emphasised that the companies share a common vision for their enterprise customers. “This is a true ‘win-win’ for Talon’s stakeholders, employees, and customers,” he said “as both NetApp and Talon share a common vision for the power of the cloud as the consolidated repository for all types of unstructured data.”

Terms were not disclosed.

Posted by Morgan Lewis

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