Red Hat Gluster Storage

Open, software-defined storage

Traditional storage limits innovation

Hardware-based storage segregates information, making it hard to find, access, and manage. Adding capacity to your traditional system often disrupts access to data. And if your hardware fails, it can bring your business to a standstill.

Red Hat® Gluster Storage (formerly Red Hat Storage Server) is different. It's open, software-defined file storage that scales out as much as you need. You can easily and securely manage big, unstructured, and semistructured data at a fraction of the cost of traditional storage. And only Red Hat lets you deploy the same storage on premise or in a public or hybrid cloud.


Flexibility and performance that don't quit

  • Fast, simple deployment

    Build a secure, thin-provisioned, multitenant storage system in just minutes. With a few mouse clicks, deploy additional storage in seconds.

  • Modular, stackable design

    Customize for a wide range of workloads. Combine modules as needed, depending on storage requirements and workload profile.

  • Better performance

    No metadata server means no performance bottlenecks. And our innovative architecture eliminates any single point of failure.

  • Anywhere, anytime data access

    Employees can access and share files from any device while IT has the convenience of a single management point across multiple data storage locations.

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Transform your data from a burden into an asset

Scale out for truly agile storage capacity

10 years ago, you could estimate how much storage you needed and buy disk space accordingly. Today, businesses generate at least 40-60% of additional data each year. Predicting a maximum amount of storage is no longer possible, and buying massive amounts of capacity up front is wasteful.

Red Hat Gluster Storage scales linearly instead of just up, so you can:

  • Add or remove compute, I/O bandwidth, or storage when your capacity and performance needs change.
  • Repurpose existing hardware on the fly.
  • Respond to business changes quickly without creating a standalone storage environment for each new initiative.

Safer, more available data

With Red Hat Gluster Storage, software keeps your storage system and data highly available. The failure of any 1 server doesn't compromise the system's overall integrity or availability. Local and long-distance replication and self-healing capabilities ensure high levels of data protection, availability, and resiliency. They lay a foundation for business continuity and disaster recovery–even in the event of hardware failure.

Protect your data with Red Hat Gluster Storage’s snapshot feature

Painless storage management

Red Hat Gluster Storage doesn't require a complex storage area network (SAN) infrastructure, saving your IT staff time and maintenance overhead. It also simplifies storage management by:

  • Unifying file and object storage, which eliminates storage silos while letting users instantly access files and objects from 1 place across data storage locations.
  • Centralizing management and providing an intuitive interface.
  • Restoring data to the correct state following recovery.
  • Including performance monitoring and analysis tools.
  • Automating management tasks.

Learn about Red Hat Gluster Storage’s monitoring features

Looking for block-based storage? Check out Red Hat Ceph Storage.

Lower costs and no vendor lock-in

Unlike rigid proprietary storage solutions, Red Hat Gluster Storage doesn't tie you to someone else's innovation cycles or to a hardware configuration they choose. The software runs on any x86 hardware or public cloud infrastructure like Amazon Web Services, so you can deploy (and pay for) exactly what you need, when you need it. Capital costs go down. And because Red Hat Gluster Storage uses a subscription model with predictable costs, budgeting is easy.

See how software-defined storage can generate up to 52% savings

Services and support

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Invest in your or your team's skills

Our training courses are hands-on and role-based. This means students stay at their keyboards for up to 80% of a course, boosting the retention of skills they'll use every day. We offer several convenient ways to train and save, with training facilities around the world. Visit our student center to learn more, or read some training successes.

Red Hat Gluster Storage Administration (RH236)

Learn how to install, configure, and maintain a cluster of Red Hat Storage servers.

Red Hat Enterprise Clustering and Storage Management (RH436)

Learn how to deploy and manage shared storage and server clusters that provide highly available network services to an enterprise environment.

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Employers notice Red Hat certifications. They know that to become Red Hat Certified Professionals, candidates must complete real-world tasks using our technologies–not just answer questions about them. Build your career by getting certified. We offer multiple exam locations and ways to train.

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage

Deploy scalable, highly available storage on off-the-shelf hardware and in the cloud.

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Clustering and Storage Management

Learn how to deploy and manage shared storage and server clusters that provide highly available network services to an enterprise environment.

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Rely on the experts

Let Red Hat Consulting help you successfully deploy a cost-effective, scalable storage solution to simplify IT and mitigate risk. We offer flexible engagement models to help meet your IT goals. Have unallocated end-of-year budget? Consider using Consulting Units to secure resources you'll need in the upcoming year–without committing to a specific topic up front.

Enterprise Data and Storage

Take control of your organization's data and storage.

Red Hat Gluster Storage Accelerator Service

Rapidly deploy a cost-effective, scalable, and reliable storage solution.

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It's absolutely unacceptable for our application to be down in tax season. If it is, we make the news. The final architecture of Red Hat [Gluster Storage] means there are no single points of failure and it provides high availability all the time.

Jeff Ludwig, director of product development, Intuit TurboTax Learn More

Use cases

Spend more time analyzing your data to get business results sooner

Big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are 2 of the biggest drivers of growing data volumes straining traditional storage systems. You need a storage product that's hardened for the enterprise and that channels the rapid innovation inherent in open source communities. Red Hat Gluster Storage helps you:

  • Store, integrate, and analyze large amounts of data at scale.
  • Preserve traditional data warehousing investments.
  • Create an agile environment to use new data analytics functionality.

Lower the costs and complexity of security analytics

Over the last decade, the frequency and threat of cyberattacks has risen in unison with the volume of enterprise and institutional data. Security analytics is an effective way to predict and respond to a variety of security threats. Red Hat and Cisco have built a software-defined storage solution for Splunk Enterprise deployments to make security threat patterns easier to detect at a much lower cost than proprietary solutions.

Simplify data access for users and administrators

Traditional systems' closed-off storage pools force users to remember where data lives and force administrators to manage multiple complex, parallel systems. Whether complementing or replacing your costly, monolithic storage array, Red Hat Gluster Storage:

  • Slashes costs.
  • Scales out infinitely.
  • Is compatible with most existing systems, with a history of successful deployments in tiered storage scenarios, including active nearline and deep archival use cases.

Build and run 100TB+ media storage systems with less cost and complexity

Red Hat Gluster Storage offers low costs, extreme scalability, and consistent performance. It has quickly become the storage system of choice for leading media organizations and others whose businesses depend on efficiently collecting, storing, managing, and delivering multimedia content.

Secure collaboration and control data access anywhere, anytime

Enterprise mobility, collaboration, and the need for anytime, anywhere access to files is fueling the need for secure file-sharing capabilities. Consumer cloud-based services have your sensitive company data stored on servers outside of IT's control, policy, and regulatory guidelines. The potential for data leakage, security breaches, and harm to the business is enormous. The ownCloud and Red Hat enterprise file sync and share solution helps you:

  • Facilitate secure collaboration.
  • Prevent data breaches and return control to IT.
  • Provide scale-out capacity, high availability, security, and disaster recovery.

Efficiently and cost-effectively store virtual machine images

Virtual machine (VM) image sprawl consumes significant and expensive storage space on SANs. So we created the industry's first virtual infrastructure storage solution that integrates Red Hat Gluster Storage and server virtualization. It's an open source, software-only, fabric-based approach to converging virtualization and storage.

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Case studies

To avoid vendor lock-in and to increase flexibility and scalability, Casio migrated to Red Hat Gluster Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to centralize infrastructure management and reduce storage costs by 50%.
Pattern Energy
Red Hat Gluster Storage helps Pattern Energy save money, more precisely predict the presence of natural resources, and better manage its energy-producing assets. The company's development teams can now more effectively plan the location of new wind projects around the world.
Red Hat Gluster Storage lets Intuit react and expand quickly in response to the demands of the fast-moving consumer tax market. It also offers a much lower total cost of ownership than proprietary systems, increasing Intuit's return on investment for the initiative. The cost per terabyte of storage dropped by a factor of 16 to 1.
Glashart Media
Glashart Media's migration to Red Hat Gluster Storage increased capacity, improved system speed, and lowered costs 8-fold. Plus, redundancy now provides guaranteed availability.
Red Hat helps RTÉ consistently provide 500 hours of video-based information and entertainment–including 45.9 million streams to desktops, mobiles, and tablets, on any given day–with a scalable, robust storage infrastructure.

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