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RedHat SDS solution has two different storage products, both open software-defined storage, with two different technologies:

  • RedHat Gluster Storage (formelly Red Hat Storage Server) provides a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective data management platform, streamlining file and object access across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.
  • RedHat Chef Storage provides a robust, highly scalable block and object storage platform for enterprises deploying public or private clouds. Voted No. 1 storage option by OpenStack® users

After the announce of the global availability of  Red Hat Storage Server 3, now they announce Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.2. This latest version of Red Hat’s software-defined storage solution includes a number of enhancements and new features that seek to improve small file performance, provide data integrity at a lower cost, and enhance integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.2 introduces a number of additional capabilities and improvements:

  • Deeper integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, adding native support for advanced storage services such as geo-replication and in-flight encryption for applications deployed in containers. These enhancements, packaged into the refreshed docker container image that is shipped with the latest release of the product, can also enable three times as many persistent volumes (PVs) per cluster according to quality engineering testing done by Red Hat.
  • Smaller hardware footprint through arbiter volumes, which can shrink infrastructure costs while maintaining the same level of data integrity. Arbiter volumes can resolve conflicts in the event of data mismatch between two nodes without requiring a third copy of the data. Customers running traditional NAS use cases such as backup/restore can achieve the data integrity offered by three-way replication without incurring the associated cost of hardware, datacenter space, and power. This can be particularly advantageous to customers running hyperconverged configurations in remote-office/branch-office (ROBO) scenarios.
  • Faster self-healing of erasure coded volumes can minimize performance impact during repair and healing operations. In addition, enhancements to self-healing operations can benefit customers who have deployed Red Hat Gluster Storage with Red Hat Virtualization to store virtual machine images.
  • Enhanced monitoring capabilities enabled through native, asynchronous notifications help to improve day-to-day storage management. In addition, Red Hat Gluster Storage offers extensibility through the Nagios open source monitoring framework to enhance storage operations management.