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Red Hat Launches Updates for Ceph and Gluster File Systems

June 29, 2015

Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source technologies for enterprises, has announced updates for its Ceph and Gluster software-defined storage products just in time for the company’s annual user conference, the Red Hat Summit.

Red Hat Ceph Storage is a next-gen storage system with unprecedented flexibility, intended for powering infrastructure platforms., and the newest version — v 1.3 — focuses on optimizing performance. More intelligent rebalancing logic emphasizes data integrity, while a new scrubbing function ensures data is accounted for and properly enhanced with a scheduler in conjunction. The new pause function reduces performance impact during cluster changes.

Ceph 1.3 also includes optimization of input/output operations per second (IOPS) and latency for running on flash storage devices, thanks to contributions from Intel and SanDisk. Read ahead caching brings substantial improvements to virtual machine boot times, and limited file system fragmentations ensures sustained block performance. By embedding the Civetweb server, easing deployment of the Ceph Object Gateway, and enabling faster execution of administrative actions on block devices, version 1.3 features substantially improved operational efficiency.

Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.1 is a scale-out file store intended for public, private and hybrid cloud environments, perfect for a range of applications such as virtualization, analytics, sync and share and rich media workloads. The newest version features support for erasure-coded dispersed storage volumes that intelligently reconstruct corrupted and lost data, vastly reducing the need for replication and lowering cost of ownership. A new automated tier system provides precise control of deploying storage clusters, allowing workloads to be carried out in the most cost-effective and high-performance manner.

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A new bit-rot detection feature performs regular scans of data, searching for corruption due to failures in the underlying storage media and enhancing overall data integrity. Finally, Gluster 3.1 includes prominent security upgrades such as support for SELinux in enforcing mode and SSL-based network encryption, support for active NFSv4 and SMB 3 capabilities such as protocol negotiation, copy-data offload and in-flight data encryption.

Demonstrations of these new products as well as the company’s unified storage management technology will take place at Red Hat Summit 2015. Red Hat Ceph Storage 1.3 is available immediately, whereas Gluster Storage 3.1 is expected to launch later in the summer.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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