Software-defined storage can deliver the promise of OpenStack Manila

This week at OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Red Hat announced integrated OpenStack Manila shared file system services with Red Hat Gluster Storage to provide enterprises with a scale-out file system for OpenStack clouds.

This news is extremely relevant to enterprises that need a scale out shared file service for their private cloud deployments. Before the Manila file share service, there was no elegant way to handle file shares in OpenStack. The integration with OpenStack Manila allows Red Hat Gluster Storage to serve as a storage back end for Manila, giving users a way to take advantage of file-based storage services in an OpenStack environment. In addition, it takes away much of the housekeeping chores from OpenStack users who can now request a file share, use it as long as needed and place it back into the storage pool, without ever caring about who first created the file or where exactly it’s stored.

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Given the sheer volume of critical applications that read and write to file systems, we view file service in the private cloud is a “need to have,” not a “nice to have.” We could call these critical applications ‘“legacy applications,” but we’d more accurately call them “current business applications.” IT planners understand that, with file-based application workloads entrenched in their enterprises, many of these applications will never evolve to object storage I/O models.

A new frontier demands a new solution

As enterprises move forward with their private-cloud deployment plans, they are looking broadly at their datacenter infrastructure. In particular, they are focusing on storage models that will help future-proof operations – that is, provide the capabilities enterprises need to grow and adapt nimbly, automatically, and cost-effectively in the cloud.

Enterprises exploring next-generation datacenter models often cite TCO reduction as one of their main drivers. They also often cite operational agility and a relationship with a trusted, seasoned partner that can help guide them on their journey to the cloud and, ideally, provide solutions and support across multiple levels of the IT stack.

With its ability to scale massively yet perform agilely in the cloud, minimize acquisition and elasticity barriers, and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO), software-defined storage is a compelling option for enterprises’ flexible, new, next-generation datacenters.

 

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Enter the software-defined Red Hat Gluster Storage – an open source solution that addresses the storage requirements of enterprises in the cloud: cost-effectiveness and massive scalability, and flexibility. As a backend for the OpenStack Manila file share service, it delivers scale-out, software-defined file storage for OpenStack clouds. Check out this demo on using Red Hat Gluster Storage as a backend for Manila.

Red Hat has been an open source champion for years and came in on the ground floor of Manila as the project’s initial software-defined storage member. As a member of the Red Hat Storage portfolio, Red Hat Gluster Storage is backed by Red Hat, a company that understands that the future of storage  – like the rest of the datacenter – will be largely software defined.

Driven by enterprise interest in OpenStack – and burgeoning business in the cloud – we predict that software-defined storage like Red Hat Gluster Storage will play a key role in the future of the next-generation datacenter.

And there’s more to come.

In the next installment, we’ll take a closer look at use cases for Red Hat Gluster Storage and Manila and integration with other OpenStack services.

Performance at Scale for OpenStack Manila with GlusterFS on Cisco UCS Servers

OpenStack Manila file storage users have a reason to celebrate. Red Hat is proud to announce a new performance benchmark that not only reinforces the performance of GlusterFS at scale but also demonstrates how enterprises could significantly lower enterprise storage and energy costs.

The benchmark tests represent the industry’s first results of GlusterFS on ultra-dense Cisco UCS C3160 servers with high-speed networking. GlusterFS offers over half a petabyte of usable storage with just four nodes, which makes it is extremely cost effective in storage intensive workloads such as OpenStack Manila. The latest IOzone file system performance benchmark shows how GlusterFS read and write performance scale near linearly when deployed on Cisco UCS 3160 servers.

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Performance, portability and scalability are key metrics for OpenStack Manila file share service administrators. These results show how the combination of C3160 Cisco UCS storage servers, high speed networking, and performance enhancements to Gluster software can deliver outstanding performance. Check out this video that outlines how GlusterFS can be used as a storage backend for OpenStack Manila.

Learn more about these benchmark results and the latest innovations in enterprise storage for OpenStack workloads from Red Hat experts at OpenStack Summit in Vancouver this week. We are at booth #104 on level 1. We have a number of breakout and theater sessions lined up on Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, including exciting announcements around deep integration between Red Hat’s PaaS, IaaS, Storage and Cloud Management components. We hope to see you there!

OpenStack users share how their deployments stack up

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According to a voluntary online survey conducted by the OpenStack User Committee, many of OpenStack’s founding projects, including Nova and Glance continue to be popular. However, other projects, such as Heat, Swift, and Trove, are also gaining in adoption.

There were some areas of the survey that really stood out, however. Such as the small matter of storage, one of our favorite topics! For example, there’s the fact that Ceph continues to be the most popular storage driver, gaining 7 percent since the last survey.

Storage sizes continue creeping up across the board. For object storage, one standout data point shows respondents managing 1PB or more grew 3% compared to last year. With unstructured data on the rise, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this number increase a great deal more, next year.

When it comes to number of objects managed there were increases across the board except for those managing between 10,000 and 99,999 objects which saw an 8% drop over last year. Do you have a theory to explain the drop? Share it in the comments!

For more findings, including helpful graphs for the visual thinkers out there, from the fifth consecutive OpenStack User Committee survey, click here to gain valuable intelligence on usage patterns and technology decisions in real-world deployments.

OpenStack Summit Vancouver 2015: What we’re up to at the show

OpenStack Summit is upon us! We hope you’ll join us at the conference, but whether you’re there or following from home, we wanted to share some of our plans with you. Feel free to share your thoughts about the show with us at our Twitter feed – we’ll be using the #OpenStack hashtag to share updates.

News and blogs

Read about the results of a survey of OpenStack users

A new benchmark reinforces the performance of OpenStack Manila at scale and demonstrates how enterprises can lower storage and energy costs

Software-defined storage can deliver the promise of OpenStack Manila

Train With Us

You can become Red Hat Certified in OpenStack for free! Register at the link below, but don’t delay – the sessions are May 17th!

WHERE: Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, Pacific Rim Suite
WHEN: May 17, 2 sessions: 9-12pm & 1-4pm
HOW: Click here to register for free

Knowledge Transfer

Red Hat is speaking in approximately 40 sessions this year! For storage, specifically, you can find us using the following chart – see you there?

MONDAY – MAY 18
Time Session title Location Speaker
2:00 PM Manila: An Update on OpenStack’s Shared File Services Program Room 109 Sean Cohen (w/NetApp and HP)
3:40 PM Storage security in a critical enterprise OpenStack environment Room 211 Danny Al-Gaaf & Sage Weil
5:30 – 6:10 PM Dude, where’s my volume?A guide to storage backup, migration, replication with OpenStack Cinder Room 210 Neil Levine and Sean Cohen
TUESDAY – MAY 19
11:15 AM Ceph and OpenStack: current integration and roadmap Room 211 Josh Durgin & Sebastien Han
WEDNESDAY – MAY 20
2:40 PM Keeping OpenStack Storage Trendy with Ceph and Containers Room 109 Sage Weil
4:30 PM The Road to Enterprise-Ready OpenStack as Service Room 109 Sean Cohen
THURSDAY – MAY 21
Time Session title Location Speaker
11:00 AM Ask the experts: Designing storage for the enterprise Room 109 Aaron Delp, Greg Knieriemen, Neil Levine, Alex McDonald, Manju Ramanathpura, Mark Twomey

 

Knowledge Transfer With Our Partners and Customers

TUESDAY – MAY 19
Time Session title Location Speaker
11:15 – 11:55AM Ceph at CERN: A Year in the Life of a Petabyte-Scale Block Storage Service Room 109 Dan van der Ster, CERN
3:40 – 4:20pm Setting up a highly available storage cluster for Cinder and Glance backend using Ceph with optional Rados Gateway for Object Store Room 210 Steve Hand and Randy Perryman, Dell
WEDNESDAY – MAY 20
9:00 – 9:40am A Year with Cinder and Ceph at TWC Room 109 Craig Delatte, OpenStack DevOps and Bryan Stillwell, Time Warner Cable

 

 

 

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