Red Hat launches new generation of storage

Company has also developed a Storage Server Administration course

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Red Hat launches new generation of storage Red Hat has launched the next generation of its red Hat Storage.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 11, 2013

Open source solutions provider Red Hat has launched its new release of Red Hat Storage, designed to help enterprise customers further realise the true potential of deploying an open software-defined storage solution without compromising on enterprise grade capabilities, performance, and manageability.

"Red Hat Storage continues to work to redefine and revolutionise the way enterprises manage their unstructured data, while setting the open source standard for software-defined storage. The new features in Red Hat Storage servers are designed to help customers optimise business continuity service levels, drive business agility, and further simplify and improve operational efficiency across private, public, and open hybrid clouds," said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Storage.

Red Hat also announced its new Red Hat Storage Test Drives on AWS, designed to give enterprise customers a free hands-on experience with Red Hat Storage Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The pronounced shift in enterprise storage infrastructure has been caused by the movement to cloud, explosive growth of unstructured data and big data applications. Capacity requirements have climbed from terabytes to petabytes and enterprises need an agile and cost-effective approach to support this unprecedented data growth.

Red Hat Storage Server 2.1 combines the reliability and enterprise-grade features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 with the latest GlusterFS community release, oVirt, the open source virtualisation platform, and XFS File System to deliver the next generation of open software-defined storage. Red Hat Storage Server 2.1 is designed and rigorously tested to meet exacting performance and scale demands for enterprise storage workloads and lay the data foundation for cloud and big data applications.

In addition, Red Hat is offering the Storage Server Administration course to teach storage administrators and system administrators how to install, configure, and maintain a cluster of Red Hat Storage servers with a focus on high availability with CIFS and NFS using CTDB, unified file and object storage and geo-replication. Red Hat also offers the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage which is earned by passing a rigorous, hands-on exam in these same areas.

"The new Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage provides a credential that validates a technology professional's skills and knowledge in setting up, fine-tuning and deploying flexible, scalable and reliable software-defined storage solutions using Red Hat Storage Server. Similar to all other Red Hat certifications and Certificates of Expertise, technology professionals earn this credential by passing a rigorous, hands-on exam in which real-world skills and knowledge must be applied," said Iain Gray, vice president, Services, Red Hat.

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