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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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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OpenStack users share how their deployments stack up

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OpenStack Summit Paris 2014, Creative Commons Copyright, Shari Mahrdt

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.

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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.

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Build your competitive edge in big data with Cisco and Red Hat

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Big Data has taken on many definitions over the last few years. Every software and hardware vendor in the industry is busy reinventing their solutions as the panacea to big data challenges. However, the reality is that no one vendor can claim to have all the pieces necessary to build an agile, scalable, and cost effective solution. Partnerships are the key. Red Hat has invested engineering and marketing resources to work with their Cisco counterparts to create world class big data solutions that can outperform the competition today and yet evolve with your business in the future.

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