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Red Hat Gluster Storage: Open, software-defined storage

DESCRIPTION

Red Hat® Gluster Storage is an open, software-defined scale-out storage platform to easily manage unstructured data for physical, virtual, cloud, and container-based environments. Red Hat Gluster Storage combines both file and object storage with a scale-out architecture, designed to cost-effectively store and manage petabyte-scale data growth.

Red Hat Gluster Storage delivers a continuous storage fabric across physical, virtual, and cloud resources so customers can transform their big, semistructured, and unstructured data from a burden to an asset.

Red Hat Gluster Storage is used for storing various kinds of unstructured data, including:

  • Rich media content like videos, images, and audio files.
  • Backup images and nearline archives.
  • Big data—log files, radio frequency identification (RFID) data, and other machine-generated data.
  • Virtual machine images.

Built on the industry-leading Red Hat Enterprise Linux® operating system, Red Hat Gluster Storage lets customers deploy cost-effective and highly available storage without compromising scale or performance. Red Hat Gluster Storage eliminates storage silos by allowing global access to data through multiple file and object protocols. It is also designed to work seamlessly with industry-standard x86 servers.

Red Hat Gluster Storage can easily be deployed on-premise, in public cloud infrastructures, in hybrid clouds, and container-based environments. It is optimized for storage-intensive enterprise workloads such as archiving and backup, rich media content delivery, enterprise drop-box, cloud and business applications, virtual and cloud infrastructure storage, as well as emerging workloads such as persistent storage for containerized applications and big data Hadoop workloads.

Today, enterprises are often faced with disparate storage silos, geographically dispersed among many datacenters around the globe. Red Hat Gluster Storage helps enterprises eliminate their silos and unify their data by provisioning and managing storage, regardless of whether it is on premise, virtualized, container application-based, or in a public cloud infrastructure.

A FOUNDATION FOR CONTAINER-NATIVE STORAGE

COMPREHENSIVE STORAGE FOR CLOUD-NATIVE APPLICATIONS

As container technology approaches mainstream adoption, system administrators will expect many enterprise features (such as persistent storage), that were available to them in virtualized environments. Given that ephemeral (or local) storage is not enough, stateful applications will require that application data be available beyond the life of the containers that house them.

Red Hat Gluster Storage offers two options for persisting data for applications running inside containers:

  • The first option is to attach distributed software-defined storage as a network-attached storage cluster to the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform cluster. This allows applications to persist data into an enterprise-grade storage repository that is also POSIX-compatible.
  • The second option is to hyperconverge storage into specially assigned storage containers, allowing developers to manage and control storage more granularly than ever before, using OpenShift as a single control plane. In addition to lower cost through hyperconvergence, this option also has the advantage of freeing up datacenter operators from managing storage outside of containers.

IDEAL FOR PRIVATE, PUBLIC, AND HYBRID CLOUDS

AN OPEN, SOFTWARE-DEFINED, SCALE-OUT STORAGE PLATFORM THAT DEPLOYS ON INDUSTRY-STANDARD X86 HARDWARE IN MINUTES

Figure 1. Use case for private cloud: Datacenter

Figure 1. Use case for private cloud: Datacenter

 

SCALABILITY AND FLEXIBILITY WITHOUT DISRUPTION

Red Hat Gluster Storage is designed for unlimited scalability; storage can be added or removed while data continues to be available. Bit-rot detection helps ensure the integrity of that data. Additionally, the elastic, scale-out architecture of Red Hat Gluster Storage lets users seamlessly grow storage to meet the dynamic needs of virtual environments.

EASY TO DEPLOY

An International Standards Organization (ISO) image installs on a server or supported hypervisors (e.g., Red Hat Virtualization and VMware vSphere/ESXi) for quick deployment.

HIGH PERFORMANCE AT A LOWER COST

Red Hat Gluster Storage uses an elastic hashing algorithm to locate data in the storage pool (by calculating a hash on the file name), removing a common source of input/output (I/O) bottlenecks and vulnerability to failure. This, coupled with its large-capacity scalability, provides better performance at a lower cost. Also lowering costs is erasure coding, which reduces capacity requirements for archives and cold storage at a lower cost per gigabyte.

ELIMINATE COSTLY MONOLITHIC STORAGE

Enterprises can eliminate their dependence on costly, monolithic storage arrays that are difficult to scale. With Red Hat Gluster Storage, enterprises can easily deploy industry-standard hardware in minutes for scalable, high-performance storage in their datacenters or in hybrid cloud environments.

WITH MICROSOFT AZURE FOR PRIVATE CLOUD

Red Hat Gluster Storage offers Microsoft Azure users a scale-out, POSIX-compatible, massively scalable, elastic file storage solution with a global namespace. This brings existing users of Red Hat Gluster Storage another supported public cloud environment where they can they run their POSIX-compatible file storage workloads. Learn more about Red Hat and Microsoft’s partnership.

RED HAT GLUSTER STORAGE FOR PUBLIC CLOUD

A HIGHLY AVAILABLE, HIGH-PERFORMANCE STORAGE SOLUTION FOR AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS) AND GOOGLE CLOUD PLATFORM (GCP)

Figure 2. Use case for public cloud: Scale-out, network-attached storage (NAS) for Amazon Web Services

Figure 2. Use case for public cloud: Scale-out, network-attached storage (NAS) for Amazon Web Services

 

SINGLE GLOBAL NAMESPACE

AWS users can aggregate both Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances within AWS environments, creating a highly available, virtualized storage pool.

SUPERIOR AMAZON EC2 EXPERIENCE

Red Hat Gluster Storage for public cloud eliminates capacity limitations of a single device and levels out performance variations across the pool, so Amazon EC2 customers experience superior availability and performance.

HIGH AVAILABILITY

Red Hat Gluster Storage for public cloud provides synchronous replication and asynchronous geo-replication, so data is synchronously mirrored across availability zones and asynchronously across regions within AWS.

NO APPLICATION REWRITES

Migrate existing POSIX applications to the cloud without making modifications.

BENEFITS TO THE ENTERPRISE

As enterprises struggle with the explosive growth of unstructured data and the accelerating virtualization of computing environments, Red Hat Gluster Storage for public cloud provides an ideal solution for cloud storage. It simplifies the task of managing unstructured file data, whether users have a few terabytes of storage or multiple petabytes, without acquiring new hardware.

FOR HYBRID CLOUD

OPEN, SCALE-OUT STORAGE SOFTWARE FOR HYBRID CLOUD ENVIRONMENTS

Red Hat Gluster Storage for hybrid cloud brings enormous flexibility to enterprises considering deployment in both public and private clouds.

Figure 3. Use case for hybrid cloud deployment model

Figure 3. Use case for hybrid cloud deployment model

 

BUILT-IN REPLICATION FOR DATA PROTECTION

Red Hat Gluster Storage for hybrid cloud uses replication to provide high availability across the datacenter and public cloud. Synchronous file replication provides local data replication to support business continuity. Asynchronous replication provides long-distance data replication for disaster recovery.

EASY MIGRATION TO THE CLOUD

Red Hat Gluster Storage for hybrid cloud is POSIX-compatible, so there’s no need to rewrite your applications when moving data or applications from your on-premise datacenter to the public cloud.

SIMPLE, COST-EFFECTIVE DATA ACCESS

With Red Hat Gluster Storage for hybrid cloud, files and objects can be created and extracted simultaneously by various application environments. Store as a file and instantly retrieve it as an object, and vice versa. This drastically reduces the cost for file and object storage and eliminates the need for separate storage silos. NFSv4 integration enhances data access with broad client support.

BENEFITS TO THE ENTERPRISE

More and more enterprises are embracing hybrid cloud environments, using external clouds to host noncritical IT services and internal clouds for business-critical applications. With Red Hat Gluster Storage for hybrid cloud, enterprises can easily extend their datacenters to the cloud and achieve increased flexibility, unified data accessibility, enhanced security, and simplified management—all while minimizing costs.

WITH GOOGLE CLOUD PLATFORM FOR HYBRID CLOUD

By deploying Red Hat Gluster Storage on-premise and in Google Cloud Platform, users can cohesively manage storage for data and applications—regardless of location—and easily migrate applications and workloads as they transition to the cloud. Unlike traditional, hardware-based storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage provides the compatibility and agility needed to quickly and easily adopt cloud technology by unifying storage across environments. Learn more about Red Hat and Google’s partnership.