Google has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Elastifile, a provider of scalable, enterprise file storage for the cloud. The acquisition of Elastifile is expected to be completed later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals. Upon the close of the acquisition, Elastifile will join Google Cloud.
The announcement was made by Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud, in a Google Cloud blog post.
Kurian stated, “File storage is fundamental to enterprise infrastructure and a priority for customers looking to accelerate their digital transformation. For example, companies who run SAP need access to highly available and consistent file storage. Developers building applications that use Kubernetes need file storage for their stateful workloads. As these critical applications migrate to the cloud, IT teams need simple, natively compatible storage options along with the features and performance to support them.”
Kurian said that Elastifile is a pioneer in solving the challenges associated with file storage for enterprise-grade applications running at scale in the cloud. “They’ve built a unique software-defined approach to managed Network Attached Storage (NAS), enabling organizations to scale performance or capacity without cumbersome overhead. Building on this technology, our teams are excited to join together and integrate Elastifile with Google Cloud Filestore.”
According to Kurian, the combination of Elastifile and Google Cloud will help make the movement of traditional workloads to GCP faster, and simplify the management and scaling of data and compute intensive workloads. In addition, it will allow businesses to build industry-specific, high-performance applications that need petabyte-scale file storage, which is critical in industries such as media and entertainment, life sciences, and manufacturing.
Earlier this year, Google Cloud launched Elastifile File Service on GCP, a fully-managed version of Elastifile integrated with Google Cloud that is used by customers such as Appsbroker, eSilicon, and Forbes.