Red Hat Announces OpenStack Shared File System Service

Red Hat Gluster Storage with OpenStack Manila technology preview gives enterprises software-defined file storage for OpenStack clouds


Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced a technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with capabilities from the OpenStack community’s new Manila project.Expanding the options for hybrid cloud storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage now provides enterprises with a scale-out shared file system service for OpenStack cloud infrastructures.


The Red Hat Storage Portfolio plays an important role in many enterprise OpenStack cloud deployments. As a leader in the Manila community project, we recognized early on the value ofan open, software-defined storage shared file system service for OpenStack. IT professionals acknowledge open, software-defined storage as a good fit for cloud, and many rely on Red Hat as a trusted partner to assist them on their cloud journey. The technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with Manila can move customers another step forward in realizing their next-generation enterprise datacenter plans.

Ranga Rangachari

Vice president and general manager, Storage and Big Data, Red Hat


Red Hat was the initial software-defined storage member of the the OpenStack Manila project, a community-driven innovation that provisions and manages distributed file systems for OpenStack clouds. OpenStack Manila’s framework provides a vendor-neutral management API for provisioning and attaching different shared file systems.Workingin a multi-tenant cloud environment, OpenStack Manilaoperatesalongside the existing OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) services.


Red Hat led the development of OpenStack Manila’s NFS-Ganesha componentwhich abstracts Manila file shares from underlying hardware and allows them togrow, shrink or migrate across physical resources. With Red Hat Gluster Storage and NFS-Ganesha, storage servers can be added or removed from the system dynamically and the data remains online while the system re-balances across the available hardware. The technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with Manila provides the flexibility of open, software-defined storage for delivering the file share elasticity required for enterprise public cloud deployments.


Customers can test the functionality of OpenStack Manila todayby downloading it from the OpenStack RDO community-supported distribution with theRDO Packstack Installer. The Red Hat Gluster Storage with Manila technology preview is planned for inclusion in the forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 release.

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