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Cohesity Acquires Imanis Data

Hyperconverged secondary storage company Cohesity has acquired Imanis Data, makers of NoSQL data protection software, for an undisclosed sum. It is Cohesity's first acquisition.

"This acquisition makes Cohesity the first to offer enterprise class backups for a complete range of workloads, including NoSQL as well as containerised workloads," said Mohit Aron, Founder and CEO of Cohesity. He noted a surge of interest in NoSQL databases after MongoDB went public in 2017.

Adding the Imanis Data technology extends Cohesity's coverage to NoSQL distributed databases like MongoDB, Cassandra, Couchbase, and Hbase, as well as Hadoop data on HDFS datastores. Cohesity has also announced its intention to add support for Microsoft OneDrive and Kubernetes containers later in the year.

"We'll keep the Imanis Data brand, but there'll be tighter integration with the Cohesity platform," said Aron. Imanis Data won't be receiving special treatment, however, and will continue to use the same APIs that are available to all Cohesity partners. "Imanis will have an incentive to more fully use the platform APIs now that we've acquired them," said Aron.

The seeds of the acquisition were sown by Imanis and Cohesity sharing multiple customers, and Imanis Data was one of the first to provide an app in Cohesity's new marketplace offering, which launched earlier this year.

"As the platform owner, we'd like to build a few apps to showcase what the platform can do, but we don't intend to compete with our partners," said Aron. "We curate the app ecosystem to check that apps aren't malicious, but we don't want to play favorites."

"We could get great at one app, maybe two, but we can't be great at all of them," Aron continued. "Let the best app vendor win."

Some capabilities from Imanis Data will likely be merged with core Cohesity features where there is substantial overlap, such as the Imanis Data SmartPolicy scheduling function, and the ThreatSense feature for detecting malware and ransomware.

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