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Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 Broadens Reach for Enterprise Workloads

Red Hat announced Red Hat Ceph Storage 3, a major upgrade to its massively scalable, software-defined object storage platform, with the introduction of support for block storage via iSCSI and file storage via CephFS. With these additions, Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 extends the value of unified storage in OpenStack and heterogeneous environments, substantially broadening the use cases for the storage platform built for petabyte scale deployments. 

Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 builds on Red Hat's years of leadership in object storage, enables more robust and better performance at scale, and introduces the ability to deploy storage in containers for incremental cost-savings and operational efficiencies.  

Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 includes the following highlights: 

  • Enables a large variety of storage needs in OpenStack, helping enterprises fully exploit the scale of the platform for cloud infrastructure deployments without incurring costs of discrete storage systems that need to be procured and managed separately. The introduction of CephFS, a POSIX-compatible, scale-out file system complements the existing block and object storage support provided by Red Hat Ceph Storage for OpenStack. Customers will be able to incorporate storage more effectively with OpenStack for private cloud deployments across a number of use cases including web-scale cloud, Network Functions Virtualization infrastructure (NFVi), and development/compute clouds. 

  • Eases migration from legacy storage platforms through newly added support for the iSCSI interface for wider platform support and increased breadth of use cases, including backup and recovery. This is particularly beneficial to heterogeneous storage environments such as VMware and Windows that lack a native Ceph driver. The iSCSI gateway enables enterprises to use a cost-effective, highly scalable, and integrated block storage platform that can provide the advanced storage features of a traditional Storage Area Network (SAN), while keeping applications in their compute environments. 

  • Deploys enterprise storage in Linux containers for simplified operations and a smaller hardware footprint. Containerized storage daemons enable users to run Red Hat Ceph Storage on fewer servers by co-locating services that previously required dedicated hardware, while avoiding the risk of resource conflicts. Preliminary tests based on a standard Red Hat Ceph Storage cluster configuration showed lowered hardware expenditure by at least 24 percent. This is particularly relevant to telco customers, such as those implementing NFVi, who struggle with hardware and space constraints.  

Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 also aims to significantly improve the user experience by helping administrators proactively monitor and troubleshoot distributed storage clusters via a graphical view of usage data for the cluster as a whole, or its individual components. The new web-based interface, which includes more than a dozen dashboards, is based on the upstream Ceph Metrics project. This release also adds several other usability enhancements and layers of automation, such as dynamic bucket sharding, designed to help simplify maintenance and lower operational costs. 

Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 is based on the community version of the open source Ceph Luminous project, to which Red Hat is a leading code contributor. 

This release builds on Red Hat's momentum in the storage market. Recently, Red Hat Storage was positioned in the "Visionaries" quadrant of Gartner's October 2017 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for the second year in a row. Red Hat is positioned the furthest right for completeness of vision and the highest in ability to execute within the Visionaries quadrant.  

"Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 represents a key milestone for OpenStack, VMware, and Windows communities in need of a unified storage solution. With this release, Red Hat lays the groundwork for all software-based storage services to be delivered as containers in the future while helping customers increase agility and shrink deployment costs."  -- Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat

Availability 

Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 is expected to be generally available in November 2017.

Published Tuesday, November 07, 2017 8:05 AM by David Marshall
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