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Why choose Red Hat storage?

With Red Hat’s open, software-defined storage solutions, you can work more, grow faster, and rest easy knowing that your data-from important financial documents to rich media files-is stored safely and securely.

These days, the success of an enterprise depends on more, faster: more work, faster revenue, more data. But how do you store it all? Enter software-defined storage, a quickly scalable, cost-efficient answer to all your data storage needs. With Red Hat’s open, software-defined storage solutions, you can work more, grow faster, and rest easy knowing that your data—from important financial documents to rich media files—is stored safely and securely. You don’t even have to think about it—and that’s the point. Red Hat takes care of your data storage needs, so you can take care of the business.

Your challenges

Once upon a time, you had a few word processing documents and a stack of human resources information, and it was all stored on legacy hardware with proprietary software. But your data storage needs have changed. What was once just a small assortment of documents has grown into a mountain of rich media files and massive amounts of information vital to your enterprise—and it’s growing exponentially every day.

If you have doubts that your current storage infrastructure will cover your future needs, you’re not alone. Most IT decision makers list inadequate storage infrastructure as one of their main struggles. Every rapidly growing business faces the same challenges when it comes to data storage:

  • Increasing costs
  • A lack of flexibility
  • Increasing complexity
  • Feeling locked in to a vendor or a particular platform

More and more organizations are facing petabyte-scale loads and lack the infrastructure to support it. Data lives all over the place: in physical machines, virtual environments, and clouds. With all these variables, it’s easy to understand why storage is a major, constant source of frustration.

To keep pace, you need modern storage solutions that are optimized for your particular workload. You should be able to control it all to meet your needs at your own pace—not at a speed or increment set by a vendor who dictates how much storage you have and how much it costs. You need technology that works easily and cost efficiently, and then gets out of your way.

Store data without limitations

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What is software-defined storage?

Software-defined storage (SDS) certainly isn’t a bunch of servers blinking away in a closet. It’s the data management layer that sits on top of your data. SDS essentially decouples the software that manages the storage from the hardware and frees you from having to invest in storage appliances that bundle proprietary software and hardware. Instead, with SDS you can run storage software on the same industry-standard servers you use for everything else and scale your storage resources across bare-metal and cloud environments.

Given all this, SDS doesn’t have to come from the same vendor that sold you the hardware. You can automatically adjust based on how much capacity you need, reducing the requirement for human intervention. Your capacity can grow with your data while the amount of hardware required remains exactly the same.

Use cases

How software-defined storage can help


Get more out of your container applications by running persistent storage within them; or get more out of your storage by running it within containers.

Big data analytics

Analyze huge lakes of data quickly and securely for better business insights.

Object storage

Store, back up, and retrieve petabytes of data flexibly and reliably.

Rich media

Expand your media content repository storage every day—because you’ll always need more.

Open innovation with Red Hat

SDS sounds good, right? Now it’s time to choose whom to trust with your data. Red Hat SDS solutions are all built on open source, meaning you have legions of developers, partners, and customers working together. Our technology, used daily by Fortune 500 companies around the globe, draws on decades of open source knowledge and expertise. For you, that means agile, scalable environments with SDS you can trust—without limits.

Real innovation comes from the exchange of ideas and working together to solve problems. That's what community-powered open source provides. And that’s where Red Hat Open Innovation Labs comes in. Immerse your team an intensive, highly focused residency for 3 to 6 of your developers to learn how to build applications the Red Hat way.


All the ways you can use software-defined storage

A software-defined file storage platform to handle high-capacity tasks like backup and archival as well as high-performance tasks like virtualization. It works particularly well with containers and media streaming.

A software-defined object storage platform that also provides interfaces for block and file storage. It supports cloud infrastructure, media repositories, backup and restore systems, and data lakes. It works particularly well with OpenStack®.

Eliminate a discrete storage tier and combine with virtualized server instances across your organization.