Red Hat has updated its Storage Server software-based storage platform with the ability to scale up to support even larger volumes of data, while adding support for the Hadoop framework to boost its suitability for big data projects.
Available now, Red Hat Storage Server 3 is the latest version of the firm's software-defined storage platform designed to run on standard server hardware and based on the open source Gluster project that the firm acquired back in 2011.
It runs atop Red Hat's Enterprise Linux 6 platform and implements the just released GlusterFS 3.6 version of the project.
The new capabilities in Red Hat's latest release make it well suited for data-intensive enterprise workloads, including big data, operational analytics and enterprise file sharing and collaboration, the firm 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 Red Hat vice president and general manager for storage and big data, Ranga Rangachari.
This includes a boost in overall capacity with support for up to 60 drives per server, up from 36 in previous releases, and up to 128 servers per Storage Server cluster, up from 64. These changes enable the platform to support a greater usable capacity of up to 19PB per cluster, Red Hat said.
The other headline feature is integration with big data analytics environments thanks to a Hadoop File System Plug-In that enables Hadoop workloads to run on the same nodes as the Storage Server itself. Red Hat has also added integration with the Apache Ambari tool for management and monitoring of both Hadoop and the underlying storage platform.
Other improvements include enhanced data protection with volume snapshots for point-in-time copy of critical data, plus support for monitoring via the Simple Network Management Protocol or the Nagios open source monitoring tool.
Red Hat Storage Server 3 also adds support for solid state drives and a greatly expanded hardware compatibility list.
Red Hat said that the release of Storage Server 3, which provides organisations with a cost-effective scale-out file system, complements its release of Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2 earlier this year, which provides block and object storage capabilities.
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