RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – NetApp, which has a significant presence in RTP, is making another move to enhance its cloud computing offerings by acquiring France-based Data Mechanics.

NetApp is battling to grow sales in a fast-expanding cloud market where Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google and IBM/Red Hat are major players. The cloud market is forecast to reach $397 billion in 2022.

The firm offers a variety of big data processing and cloud analytics. It is based in Paris.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

“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,” said Anthony Lye, senior vice president and general manager of NetApp’s Public Cloud Services business unit, in announcing the deal. “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.”

NetApp recently acquired Spot, a CloudOps provider. That technology is now known as Spot by NetApp.

“Data Mechanics ’s 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 said.

The tech company noted that “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.”

“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,” said Amiram Shachar, vice president and general manager of Spot by NetApp, in a statement. “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.”