Red Hat has added enhanced data protection and volume snapshot capabilities to its Red Hat Storage Server software, extending its support for customers deploying the OpenStack cloud framework.
The new capabilities follow the release of Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 last week, the firm's infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) private cloud platform that comprises its Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack build along with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation (RHEV) and the CloudForms management platform.
Red Hat said its Storage Server deployed with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0 provides support for the cloud platform's Cinder, Glance and Swift Object storage services and thus delivers a unified storage approach, eliminating disparate silos of data while scaling to handle petabyte volumes of information.
Additional features in Storage Server now include the creation and management of snapshots and volumes as well as the ability to provide copy-on-write snapshots for enhanced data protection, checkpointing and recovery mechanisms for virtual guest instances, according to Red Hat.
Red Hat Storage Server is based on technology the firm gained from its acquisition of Gluster in 2011, which had developed the scale-out storage platform as an open source project.
As the firm disclosed at the launch of Cloud Infrastructure 4.0, Storage Server is also now integrated with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation (RHEV) 3.3 to reliably store virtual machine images and reduce dependency on complex and expensive SAN infrastructure.
Taken together, the new capabilities in Red Hat Storage Server enable customers to benefit from an integrated private cloud, virtualisation and storage infrastructure from a single solution provider, the firm said.
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