Red Hat drives deeper integration of persistent storage for containerized environments

As modern day application architects continue to aggressively leverage container technologies, Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers demand deeper integration between Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). This week at Red Hat Summit, we are excited to showcase the hard work of the Red Hat Storage and OpenShift communities to deliver one of the first PaaS offerings for automatic orchestration of remote persistent storage for containerized application services across a large cluster topology.

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5 reasons you should join us remotely for Red Hat Summit news

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It’s 2015, and this year Red Hat Summit is in Boston, a city as known for its crucial role in United States history, its formerly cursed baseball team, and, of course, a wonderful cream-filled, chocolate-covered doughnut–among many, many other things.

If you’re attending the conference with us, great–we can’t wait to see you there! But if you can’t attend, you can still follow along at home, the office, or the beach.

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OpenStack Summit Vancouver 2015: The After-Action Report

You may have read some of our recent posts about the recent OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. What you may not have seen are the thoughts from the industry or the conversation on social networks. Read on for a snapshot in time!

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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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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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Storage Tutorial: Learning Ceph with author Karan Singh

 

Watch Brian Chang and author and Ceph expert Karan Singh discuss Karan’s new book: “Learning Ceph: A Practical Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Managing Your Software-Defined, Massively Scalable Ceph Storage System.”

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Storage Tutorial: Splunk cold storage migration demo

 

Brian and Paul Cuzner revisit Splunk cold storage migration, which they originally discussed here. Now, while they originally just talked about the process, today Paul has a working demo to show us! In fact, the tool and process are available to test in a beta program. Watch the video to check out the demo, and read on to learn more – as well as getting information to participate in the beta.

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What is the most valuable asset of an organization? Hint: think Big Data.

 

Sometimes it pays to go back to the basics and ask the fundamental questions, such as, what, exactly, is Big Data?

In this latest Storage Tutorial, Brian Chang, Red Hat and Syed Rasheed, JBoss Middleware Solutions Marketing Manager, look at these basic questions. Some of which are easy to answer, such as our approach to Big Data, namely that databases, warehouses, as well as data from social media and mobile devices are a source for ongoing discovery and insight. And some of which are much trickier to answer, such as when did Small Data become Big Data?

Come listen to this friendly chat and get an easy introduction to Big Data and its invaluable place – and use – in any organization.

Big news: Introducing Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Gluster Storage

We’re pleased to announce our unified open software-defined storage portfolio, which brings together Red Hat Ceph Storage, formerly known as Inktank Ceph Enterprise, and Red Hat Gluster Storage, formerly known as Red Hat Storage Server. This unified Red Hat Storage portfolio helps enterprises manage their current and emerging data storage workloads using open source software and standard hardware.

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Today’s announcement is an important milestone in the continued momentum of Red Hat’s charter to bring open software-defined storage to enterprises that began with the acquisition of Gluster, Inc., 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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