Thursday, 17 September 2020 15:15

Pure Storage agrees Portworx acquisition

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Storage vendor Pure Storage has agreed to acquire Portworx, the provider of an enterprise Kubernetes data services platform.

The agreed price is approximately US$370 million in cash, making it Pure's largest acquisition to date.

The combination of Portworx's container data services with Pure's data platforms and Pure Service Orchestrator software yields a comprehensive suite of data services that can be deployed in-cloud, on bare metal, or on enterprise arrays, all natively orchestrated in Kubernetes, company officials claimed..

"As forward-thinking enterprises adopt cloud native strategies to advance their business, we are thrilled to have the Portworx team and their groundbreaking technology joining us at Pure to expand our success in delivering multi-cloud data services for Kubernetes," said Pure Storage chairman and CEO Charles Giancarlo.

"This acquisition marks a significant milestone in expanding our modern data experience to cover traditional and cloud native applications alike."

Portworx CEO Murli Thirumale said "I'm tremendously proud of what we've built at Portworx: an unparalleled data services platform for customers running mission-critical applications in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. The traction and growth we see in our business daily shows that containers and Kubernetes are fundamental to the next-generation application architecture and thus competitiveness.

"We are excited for the accelerated growth and customer impact we will be able to achieve as a part of Pure."

Thirumale will become vice president and general manager of Pure Storage's cloud native business unit, and all of the company's founders will take on senior roles in that unit.

Portworx's customer roster includes Carrefour, Comcast, GE Digital, Kroger, Lufthansa, and T-Mobile.

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions.


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