NetApp Buys Big Data Processing and Cloud Analytics Provider, Data Mechanics

Global, cloud-led and data-centric software solutions vendor, NetApp, has acquired Data Mechanics, a managed platform provider for big data processing and cloud analytics with offices in Paris, France. Data Mechanics helps businesses leverage Apache Spark, an open-source unified analytics engine for large-scale data processing and machine learning, in Kubernetes.

Photo Amiram Shachar, vice president and general manager of Spot by NetApp
“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.

Data Mechanics is a Cloud-Native Spark platform that aims to make Apache Spark more developer-friendly and cost-effective for data engineering teams. It’s installed in a Kubernetes cluster that is being set up and managed for clients in their cloud accounts (AWS, Azure, GCP).

“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. “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.”

The acquisition of Data Mechanics would help NetApp clients optimize data analytics and machine learning workloads in the cloud. The financial specifics of this Data Mechanics acquisition were not revealed.

Spot by NetApp

The acquisition comes less than a year after NetApp bought Spot (now NetApp Spot), a prominent CloudOps provider that automates and optimizes workloads in public cloud settings.

The Data Mechanics team and IP will be combined with the Spot by NetApp team and portfolio to speed up the development of NetApp’s newly announced Spot Wave product, which simplifies, optimizes, and automates Spark workloads in public clouds.

“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. “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.”

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