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March 24, 2015

Red Hat tackles data storage workloads with open SDS portfolio

Red Hat comes a step closer in mission to bring open software-defined storage to enterprises.

By Ellie Burns

Bringing together Ceph Storage and Gluster Storage, Red Hat have today announced a unified open software-defined storage portfolio.

Red Hat Ceph Storage, formerly known as Inktank Ceph Enterprise, and Red Hat Gluster Storage, formerly known as Red Hat Storage Server, are being combined to aid enterprises in managing their workloads.

Both storage solutions have their own strengths, with Red Hat Ceph Storage suited for cloud infrastructure workloads, such as OpenStack, and Red Hat Gluster Storage suited for enterprise virtualisation, analytics and enterprise sync and share workloads.

Although suited to different workloads, both Red Hat Gluster Storage and Red Hat Ceph Storage are open source, scale-out software-defined storage solutions that run on commodity hardware and have durable, programmable architectures.

Both Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Gluster Storage address workloads for archival and rich media, providing customers with choice and ensuring the best fit for their specific storage requirements.

Today’s announcement marks a milestone in Red Hat’s mission to bring open software-defined storage to enterprises – first the company acquired Gluster in October 2011, and continued with the acquisition of Inktank, Inc., provider of Ceph, in May 2014.

The product developed by Inktank has gone through Red Hat’s quality engineering processes and is now a fully-supported Red Hat solution, re-branded as Red Hat Ceph Storage.

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Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage and Big Data, Red Hat, commented: "The Red Hat Storage product portfolio and open software-defined storage vision can truly help enterprise customers manage storage for current and emerging workloads in fast-growing new cloud infrastructures, such as OpenStack."

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