Number tech website InfoWorld among those who believe that Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) scored quite a victory with its acquisition of cloud and storage technology company Gluster earlier this month.

“In so doing, Red Hat set itself up as a one-stop shop for those looking to deploy big data solutions such as Apache Hadoop. But it also bought a file system that has serious potential for cloud-based deployments,” writes Matt Prigge in a column posted Oct. 24.

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Red Hat is pursuing cloud computing and virtualization opportunities in a fast-growing market with great vigor. The company and Gluster, which like the Linux shop is focused on open source, know each other well. Gluster brings to Red Hat the capability to handle “hundreds of petabytes” of data “without difficulty,” Prigge says, citing Gluster’s website.

In other words, Gluster can handle so-called big data, and Red Hat brings to the table its Enterprise Linux which is used by many high-profile customers, especially on Wall Street. That’s the home of the true financial big data.

For more about the Red Hat-Gluster deal and its potential, read here.

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