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Red Hat announces Storage Server 3

New storage solution provides usable capacity up to 19 petabytes per cluster, Red Hat claims

Rangachari: With this latest release, Red Hat is leading the charge on open, software-defined storage
Rangachari: With this latest release, Red Hat is leading the charge on open, software-defined storage

Red Hat has announced the availability of the latest major release of Red Hat Storage Server, the company's open software-defined storage solution for scale-out file storage.

The updates included in Red Hat Storage Server 3, the vendor said, are suited for data-intensive enterprise workloads, including big data, operational analytics and enterprise file sharing and collaboration.

Based on the open-source GlusterFS 3.6 file system and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat Storage Server 3 is designed to scale to support petabytes of data and offer granular control of storage environments, the vendor said.

"With this latest release, Red Hat is leading the charge on open, software-defined storage to help build agile enterprises that can rapidly gain competitive advantage by leveraging the tangible value hidden inside unstructured data," said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager of storage and big data at Red Hat.

The new version of Red Hat Storage Server provides support for up to 60 drives per server, up from 36, and 128 services per cluster, up from 64, Red Hat claimed. This, the vendor said, would provide a usable capacity of up to 19 petabytes per cluster.

The vendor added that version 3 included improved data protection and operational control of storage clusters, through volume snapshots for point-in-time copy of critical data, and monitoring of the storage cluster using frameworks such as Nagios and SNMP.

Red Hat Storage Server 3 also provides support for a Hadoop File System plug-in that enables running Apache Hadoop workloads on the storage server, Red Hat said. The new version also provides tight integration with Apache Ambari for the management and monitoring of Hadoop and underlying storage, Red Hat said.

"As Hadoop becomes the cornerstone of the modern data architecture, more enterprises are demanding choice, flexibility and efficiency in their big data storage platform," said John Kreisa, vice president of strategic marketing at Hortonworks.

"With the Red Hat Storage plug-in for the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), the industry's only 100% open-source Hadoop distribution, we are empowering joint customers with seamless access to more data for deeper analysis on a cost-effective scale-out storage solution, enabling the data-driven workloads that are shaping the future of business."