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NetApp, a global, cloud-led, data-centric software company, acquires cloud analytics and big data technology developer Data Mechanics.

The move is expected to expand NetApp cloud capabilities with the acquisition of cloud analytics and big data technology developer Data Mechanics to better optimiae the growing use of Apache Spark analytics in conjunction with NetApp’s Ocean Kubernetes DevOps technology and its Spot technology for optimising cloud compute.

“Now more than ever, our customers are adopting cloud-first and cloud-native strategies that will enable them to be more agile and adaptable in the face of unprecedented data growth”

At a time when on-premises and cloud enterprise data and application growth is exploding, use of analytics and machine learning to identify operating efficiencies, cost reductions, and automate manual processes so engineers can focus on more strategic tasks is a top priority – and a strategic imperative – for all enterprises.

NetApp senior vice president and general manager Public Cloud Services business unit Anthony Lye said now more than ever, the company’s customers are adopting cloud-first and cloud-native strategies that will enable them to be more agile and adaptable in the face of unprecedented data growth.

“Adding Data Mechanics to our existing solutions will make it simpler and more cost-effective for organizations across all industries to fully leverage Apache Spark and Kubernetes to advance their data and cloud initiatives,” said Anthony Lye.

The Data Mechanics acquisition comes less than a year after NetApp acquired Spot (now Spot by NetApp), a leading CloudOps provider that automates and optimizes workloads running in public cloud environments. Data Mechanics’ team and IP will be integrated with the Spot by NetApp team and portfolio to accelerate the development of NetApp’s recently announced Spot Wave solution, which simplifies, optimizes and automates Spark workloads running in public clouds.

NetApp vice president and general manager of Spot Amiram Shachar said although there are significant benefits to moving analytics and application workloads to the cloud, managing analytics technologies and cloud infrastructure can be resource and time intensive, impeding employee productivity and return on investment.

“We’re excited to welcome Data Mechanics to Spot by NetApp as we further enable organizations to put their data to work and get even more value from their cloud infrastructure investments,” said Amiram Shachar.

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