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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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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Storage Tutorial: Live from Spark Summit East with Continuum

This Storage Tutorial was filmed live at Spark Summit East.

 

Our host, Brian Chang, is joined by Peter Wang, president of Continuum, along with show regulars Irshad Raihan and Greg Kleiman of Red Hat Big Data. Peter fills the group in about what buzz he is hearing at the conference as well as what sorts of big data use cases he’s seeing best supported on Spark. Read on for an excerpt of the conversation, but check out the video for the full discussion.

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Architects must choose: Will they fill their datacenters with pets or cattle?

Today we’ve got an analogy for you. It has to do with your IT infrastructure, and whether you aim to fill your datacenter with expensive, proprietary equipment and software or a better, more efficient alternative. It comes to you via a Q&A with Red Hat’s Brent Compton, director of storage and big data.

So sit back, grab some lemonade, don your 10-gallon hat and spurs, and read on, pardner!

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And the Cricket World Cup Champion is…

By Irshad Raihan, senior principal of product marketing for big data, Red Hat

Don’t sweat it if you’re initial reaction was “The Cricket World Cup is on?”

You’re not alone.

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“CWC Aus v Eng at the MCG” Creative Commons Copyright Tourism Victoria.

Yes, baseball’s poor cousin is throwing its once-in-four-years party, in the Australasian continent down under. Cricket may not be a popular sport in North America but get this: the game between arch rivals India & Pakistan last month was watched by a billion people worldwide!

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Learning Ceph: A Practical Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Managing Your Software-Defined, Massively Scalable Ceph Storage System

Finally, everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Ceph, the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that can radically improve the economics and management of data storage for your enterprise – is now in book form.

Taking you from a basic knowledge of Ceph to an expert understanding of its most advanced features, “Learning Ceph: A Practical Guide to Designing, Implementing, and Managing Your Software-Defined, Massively Scalable Ceph Storage System” by Karan Singh guides you through an overview of Ceph’s technology, architecture, and components to give you the skills you need to plan, deploy, and effectively manage your Ceph cluster. With a step-by-step, tutorial-style explanation of the deployment of each Ceph component, you will gain invaluable insight into Ceph storage provisioning and integration with OpenStack.

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