Red Hat to Ship OpenStack Shared File System Service

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Red Hat, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source solutions, is offering a technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with capabilities from the OpenStack community's new Manila project. Expanding the options for hybrid cloud storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage now provides enterprises with scale-out shared file system service for OpenStack cloud infrastructures.

“As a leader in the Manila community project, we recognized early on the value of an open, software-defined storage shared file system service for OpenStack,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager of storage and big data for Red Hat. “IT professionals acknowledge open, software-defined storage as a good fit for cloud, and many rely on Red Hat as a trusted partner to assist them on their cloud journey. The technology preview of Red Hat Gluster Storage with Manila can move customers another step forward in realizing their next-generation enterprise data center plans."

Red Hat was the initial software-defined storage member of the OpenStack Manila project, a community-driven innovation that provisions and manages distributed file systems for OpenStack clouds. OpenStack Manila's framework provides a vendor-neutral management API for provisioning and attaching different shared file systems. Working in a multi-tenant cloud environment, OpenStack Manila operates alongside the existing OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) services.

Red Hat led the development of OpenStack Manila's IFS-Ganesha component which abstracts Manila file shares from underlying hardware and allows them to grow, shrink or migrate across physical resources. With Red Hat Gluster Storage and IFS-Ganesha, storage servers can be added or removed from the system dynamically and the data remains online while the system re-balances across the available hardware.

The Red Hat Gluster Storage with Manila technology preview is planned for inclusion in the forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 release.

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