Red Hat Storage 2.0 Beta Now Available

Red Hat announced the beta availability of Red Hat Storage 2.0, based on new capabilities that build upon Red Hat's support for unstructured data storage. In December, the company launched the Red Hat Storage Software Appliance, its first integrated storage product, and since then, it says, there has been significant interest as organizations look to address the growth of unstructured data.

Red Hat Storage is software only, scale-out storage that aims to provide flexible and affordable unstructured data storage for the enterprise. According to the vendor, Red Hat Storage 2.0 provides new opportunities to unify data storage and infrastructures, increase performance and improve availability and manageability in order to meet a broader set of an organization's storage challenges and needs.

The beta of Red Hat Storage 2.0 previews several key innovations, including Unified File and Object Access. Red Hat Storage 2.0 now provides file storage designed to integrate seamlessly with object storage, offering organizations greater information accessibility, within a single, centralized storage pool.

Red Hat Storage 2.0 includes compatibility for Apache Hadoop providing a new storage option for Hadoop deployments. This new functionality, enables faster file access and opens up data within Hadoop deployments to other file-based or object-based applications.

Red Hat Storage 2.0 is built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6, and the appliance uses RHEL's extended update support capabilities and the XFS file system (Red Hat's Scalable File System Add-On) to provide a core operating base platform which is scalable and secure and stable over an extended duration of time.

New capabilities to make it easier to manage a Red Hat Storage cluster include enhanced data management with Network Lock Manager (NLM) compliance, new event history information availability, additional storage brick level information, and improved visibility into self-healing operations and status.

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