Red Hat Delivers Enterprise-grade Open Software-defined Storage Solutions

  Red Hat Delivers Enterprise-grade Open Software-defined Storage Solutions

New release of Red Hat Storage Server now fully supports OpenStack, raises the
              bar in performance, scalability and manageability

Business Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. -- September 10, 2013

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced the general availability of a new release of Red
Hat Storage to help enterprise customers further realize the true potential of
deploying an open software-defined storage solution without compromising on
enterprise grade capabilities, performance, and manageability. Also announced
today is the new Red Hat Storage Test Drives on AWS to give enterprise
customers a free hands-on experience with Red Hat Storage Server on Amazon Web
Services (AWS).

The pronounced shift in enterprise storage infrastructure has been caused by
the movement to cloud, explosive growth of unstructured data and big data
applications. Capacity requirements have climbed from terabytes to petabytes
and enterprises need an agile and cost-effective approach to support this
unprecedented data growth.^1

IDC has determined that Red Hat’s approach to scale-out storage can present a
significant value. In a recently published IDC white paper, sponsored by Red
Hat, on the Economics of Software-based Storage, IDC states Red Hat open
software-defined storage servers can generate up to 52 percent in storage
system savings and an additional 20 percent in operational savings.^2

Red Hat Storage Server 2.1 combines the reliability and enterprise-grade
features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 with the latest GlusterFS community
release, oVirt, the open source virtualization platform, and XFS File System
to deliver the next generation of open software-defined storage. Red Hat
Storage Server 2.1 is designed and rigorously tested to meet exacting
performance and scale demands for enterprise storage workloads and lays the
data foundation for cloud and big data applications.

Highlights of the new features of Red Hat Storage Server 2.1 include:

Comprehensive OpenStack Support

  *Customers benefit from access to the full private cloud stack with Red Hat
    Storage Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform that is
    integrated, engineered, and supported by a single vendor.
  *Integration with the latest OpenStack release with object storage
    capabilities are now accessible using the Object Storage (Swift) API layer
    in the OpenStack Grizzly release.
  *Storage back-end for OpenStack’s Block Storage (Cinder) and Image Service

Geo-Replication Performance for Data Protection

  *Geographical replication technology enhances global data protection and
    availability by providing timely replication of vast amounts of
    unstructured data over a WAN link to a disaster recovery site to support
    stringent data recovery objectives. Internal Red Hat testing demonstrated
    a 38 times increase in performance compared to existing versions of Red
    Hat Storage.
  *Geo-replication also enables proactive fault handling through integrated
    monitoring and deep insight into the health of replication operations.

Enhanced Interoperability and Security for Microsoft® Windows® Workloads

  *Full Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0 protocol compatibility, integration,
    and support for Microsoft Active Directory™ and performance enhancements
    make Red Hat Storage a compelling choice for Microsoft Windows file
    serving, sharing, and enterprise “synch and share” capabilities. Internal
    Red Hat testing resulted in three times the performance with SMB 2.0 and
    enhanced Active Directory when compared to SMB 1.0.

New Server Management & Supportability Capabilities

  *Red Hat Satellite integration to easily install, provision, and maintain
    Red Hat Storage Servers and provide a solution to enterprises requiring
    absolute control over and privacy of the maintenance and package
  *Updated technology preview of Red Hat Storage Console provides greater
    functionality and flexibility for managing the entire Red Hat Storage
    cluster lifecycle.
  *Red Hat Customer Portal integration with Red Hat Storage Console enables
    customers to access relevant support information, knowledgebase articles,
    technology briefs, videos, and other assets.

In addition, Red Hat offers the Storage Server Administration course to teach
storage administrators and system administrators how to install, configure,
and maintain a cluster of Red Hat Storage Servers with a focus on high
availability with CIFS/SMB and NFS using CTDB, unified file and object storage
and geo-replication. Red Hat also offers the Red Hat Certificate of Expertise
in Hybrid Cloud Storage which is earned by passing a rigorous, hands-on exam
in these same areas.

Virtual Event and Announcement Webcast

To learn more about this announcement and to hear from Red Hat executives and
partners about Red Hat Storage 2.1, join Red Hat for its “Storage for the
Modern Data Center” virtual launch event beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. The keynote and presentations will also be available
on demand following the live event. To register for and join the live event or
to access the on-demand replay content, visit For more information
about the event and its agenda visit

Supporting Quotes

Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Storage

“Red Hat Storage continues to work to redefine and revolutionize the way
enterprises manage their unstructured data, while setting the open source
standard for software-defined storage. The new features in Red Hat Storage
servers are designed to help customers optimize business continuity service
levels, drive business agility, and further simplify and improve operational
efficiency across private, public, and open hybrid clouds.”

Iain Gray, vice president, Services, Red Hat

“The new Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage provides a
credential that validates a technology professional's skills and knowledge in
setting up, fine-tuning and deploying flexible, scalable and reliable
software-defined storage solutions using Red Hat Storage Server. Similar to
all other Red Hat certifications and Certificates of Expertise, technology
professionals earn this credential by passing a rigorous, hands-on exam in
which real-world skills and knowledge must be applied.”

Katsumi Nagata, board director and executive director, Technology and
Engineering Division, NTT Plala Inc.

“We provide a wide range of entertainment services, such as TV channels, Video
on Demand (VOD), music, and games on the cloud. It is important for us to
choose appropriate storage for each service offering. Red Hat Storage delivers
high availability and scalability with low cost, which takes advantage of
GlusterFS technology. We are thus able to build robust platforms to meet the
requirements of service providers.”

Dan Bretherton, High Performance Computing manager, Department of Meteorology,
University of Reading

“My priorities are to ensure not only that the department can store hundreds
of terabytes of research data efficiently and securely, but that good
performance is maintained as the I/O load from our growing compute cluster
increases. When I started talking to Red Hat, I received the assurances I
needed that the challenges I’d experienced with managing scale-out NAS could
be solved. I also knew I’d get the extra help I needed from Red Hat to
fine-tune the product for our academic, data-intensive HPC environment.”

Jeff Echols, senior director, Product Marketing and Business Development,

“Red Hat’s innovative approach runs parallel to CommVault’s Solving Forward
vision to deliver a modern approach to data management. The integration of
CommVault Simpana 10 software with Red Hat Storage server 2.1 delivers an
enterprise-class, scale-out backup and archive solution that increases
resiliency and up-time to the business – all from a single software platform.”

John Gromala, senior director, Hyperscale Server Product Management, HP

“HP has a long history of working with Red Hat to provide the platform
infrastructure for leading, open-source based solutions and has continued this
collaboration to deliver a compelling scale-out storage solution for big data
workloads. For organizations looking for a solution to manage growing amounts
of data in a cost-effective fashion, Red Hat Storage running on HP ProLiant®
SL4500 Gen8 servers offers greater scalability, high performance and volume
economics for storage of unstructured data.”

Bev Crair, General Manager, Storage Division, Intel Corporation

“Intel and Red Hat have a long-standing collaboration to bring innovative open
source solutions to our customers. We share a vision for software-defined
storage and its ability to enable more scalable, automated, and cost-effective
data center infrastructure. Intel® Xeon® and Atom^TM [ ]processor-based
servers, together with Red Hat Storage Server 2.1, provides enterprise
customers with the intelligent, agile and efficient platform required to
effectively support today's cloud and data center workloads."

Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro

“Supermicro’s leadership in server and storage solutions is based on
technology innovation coupled with an extraordinarily wide selection of high
performance, energy efficient, server building block solutions. Our
collaborative efforts with Red Hat extend our platform advantages offering
customers unprecedented economic advantages with best-in-class open
software-defined storage solutions. With the launch of Red Hat Storage 2.1,
our integrated, Red Hat certified solutions address a range of new and
emerging workload needs including backup and archive, enterprise drop box,
backend video processing applications, and more.”

Additional Resources

  *More information about Red Hat Storage
  *More about Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
  *More about Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Hybrid Cloud Storage
  *More about Red Hat Storage Test Drives

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^1 November 2012, IDC #238044, Volume: 1 Executive Information: Top 10
Predictions, download here

^2 IDC White Paper, sponsored by Red Hat, The Economics of Software-based
Storage, July 2013, download here


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