Availability of Red Hat Gluster Storage in Microsoft Azure

Sayan Saha, head of Product Management, Red Hat Gluster Storage and Big Data, Red Hat

Today, we announced our plans to make several Red Hat offerings, including Red Hat Gluster Storage, available in Microsoft Azure as fully supported offerings. Red Hat Gluster Storage offers Azure users a scale-out, POSIX compatible, massively scalable, elastic file storage solution with a global namespace.

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Latest OpenStack user survey shows Ceph continues to dominate

According to the OpenStack Foundation’s sixth and most recent user survey released just prior to this week’s OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, 62% of users selected Ceph RBD block storage for their OpenStack use cases, nearly three and more than four times the two closest alternatives, LVM (default) and NetApp, respectively.  In production, a full 38% of respondents indicated that their OpenStack deployments depended on Ceph as their Cinder driver, with the same comparisons. A survey of the largest production clouds, those exceeding 1,000 cores, showed similar results, with 37% of users selecting Ceph RBD followed by NetApp at 12%.  Interestingly enough, with 9% of respondents using GlusterFS in production, development & quality assurance, or proof of concept across all OpenStack deployments, more than 70% of OpenStack users are relying on block storage championed by Red Hat Storage.

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Test drive Red Hat Ceph Storage — for free

Want to try Red Hat Ceph Storage for yourself? Then it’s your lucky day. You can test drive it now. For free!

Available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a number of short, easily digestible labs, the Red Hat Ceph Storage test drive gives you a hands-on opportunity to explore the product’s features and see for yourself—in real time—how Red Hat Ceph Storage works. In addition to letting you explore the management features and fundamentals of Red Hat Ceph Storage, test drive labs walk you through such things as how to deploy a Ceph cluster and how to set up erasure-coded and replication storage pools.

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Visit our Slideshare page for presentations from Red Hat Summit 2015 and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about storage

For easy access to a wealth of Red Hat Storage information, from product updates and use case insights to industry best practices, check out the Red Hat Storage Slideshare page. With presentations going back a few years you’ll be able to find just about anything – including the presentations used during select sessions at Red Hat Summit 2015. Below is just a sampling of some of the presentations you’ll find.

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It’s here: Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.1

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So remember last month when we announced updates to Red Hat Gluster Storage? Well, we made good: Those updates are here in v3.1.

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New studies from Red Hat, Supermicro, and Mellanox shows major Red Hat Storage performance increases with Mellanox networking

According to a study just completed by Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., Supermicro, and Red Hat, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Gluster Storage deliver higher storage server performance when used with Mellanox solutions for 25, 40, 50, 56, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet networking and RDMA technology. They can also lower the cost of deploying rack-scale storage for cloud and enterprise by squeezing more performance out of dense servers. Dense storage servers (>18 hard drives) and all-flash configurations can drive more throughput than standard 10GbE bandwidth can accommodate. Mellanox high-speed networking technologies allow these dense and all-flash servers to achieve higher throughput performance. In addition, for latency-sensitive workloads, Mellanox networking technologies can significantly reduce IO latencies.

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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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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’s new with Red Hat Storage Server

This blog post comes to us from Sayan Saha, Sr. Manager, Product Management, Storage & Data Business, Red Hat. In it, Sayan explores how Red Hat Storage’s server solutions are evolving and adapting to the needs of today’s businesses. Read on!

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Red Hat released an update of it’s Storage Server product based on the upstream GlusterFS project in mid-January. It was the most significant update release after the General Availability of Red Hat Storage Server 3.0 in October 2014. Red Hat Storage Server 3.0 update 3 (a.k.a RHSS 3.0.3) delivered a broad set of functionality building upon the major release of the Storage Server 3.0.

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Storage Tutorial: 2015 IT Predictions with Ceph

Please note: Inktank Ceph has a new name: Red Hat Ceph Storage. Learn more about it, and Red Hat Gluster Storage, here: http://red.ht/1Hw7gYb

Back in April 2014, Red Hat acquired Ceph provider Inktank. Now that the team is a part of Red Hat, we get to pick their brains for thoughts on 2015! To that end, Storage Tutorial Mastermind (and brand manager) Brian Chang sat down with Ross Turk, product marketing manager for Red Hat Storage, Danielle Womboldt, director of marketing for Ceph, and Patrick “Scuttlemonkey” McGarry, community manager for Ceph for their predictions. We’re summarizing it a bit here, but for the entire conversation check out the video below!

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