Red Hat Storage Server supports up to 60 drives per server

Red Hat has announced the availability of a major release of Red Hat Storage Server, an open software-defined storage solution designed for data intensive applications.

The new Red Hat Storage Server is designed to address the latest trends such as big data and analytics in enterprises, as well as enterprise file sharing and collaboration.

The storage innovation delivers increased scale and capacity by more than three times with support for up to 60 drives per server, up from 36, and 128 servers per cluster, up from 64, providing a usable capacity of up to 19 petabytes per cluster, Red Hat said.

The announcement comes on the heels of the July 2014 release of Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Enterprise version 1.2, which resulted from Red Hat’s acquisition of Inktank, a provider of Ceph and Inktank Ceph Enterprise open source storage solutions.

redhat-logo 2The new Red Hat Storage Server 3 features advanced workload solutions to enable enterprises to curate enterprise data to increase responsiveness, control costs and improve operational efficiency.

Based on open source GlusterFS 3.6 file system and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat Storage Server 3 offers greater scalability to support petabytes of data and offer granular control of enterprise storage environment, the company said.

The solution also offers improved data protection and operational control of storage clusters, including volume snapshots for point-in-time copy of critical data, and comprehensive monitoring of the storage cluster using open frameworks such as Nagios and SNMP.

Further, the storage solution integrates with emerging big data analytics environments with support for a Hadoop File System Plug-In that enables running Apache Hadoop workloads on the storage server. It also integrates with Apache Ambari for management and monitoring of Hadoop and underlying storage.

Another attribute of the latest Red Hat Storage Server is that it offers more hardware choice and flexibility, including support for SSD for low latency workloads, and a significantly expanded hardware compatibility list (HCL) for greater choice in hardware platforms.

With RPM-based distribution option, the system offers maximum deployment flexibility to existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux users, making it easier for customers to add the solution to existing pre-installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments.

The new storage solution has support from technology partners including Cisco and HP and integration partners like International Integrated Solutions and Function1. The company also signed several software vendors.

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