Red Hat overhauls Ceph Enterprise following May acquisition

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Red Hat announced the availability of its Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2 with new features to help customers store and manage an entire spectrum of data – from “hot” mission-critical data to “cold” archival data.

Cephis is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware. Its storage architecture is an ideal replacement for legacy storage systems, and provides a unified solution for cloud computing environments.

The additional capability exploits Red Hat’s May acquisition of Inktank, a provider of scale-out, open source storage systems for US$175 million. Inktank’s Ceph Enterprise delivers object and block storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds, including many early adopters of OpenStack clouds.

The new functionality, coupled with enhancements to the solution’s Calamari management and monitoring platform, make Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Enterprise storage solution a flexible and cost-effective storage platform for enterprises managing data-intensive applications.

Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Enterprise will also support the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 5 to provide a truly integrated OpenStack stack that is delivered from and supported by a single vendor.

Combined with Red Hat’s existing GlusterFS-based file storage offering, the addition of Inktank elevates Red Hat as a leader in open software-defined storage across object, block and file system storage.

Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2 features Erasure Coding to make Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2 suitable for archive and cold storage use cases by reducing the cost per gig, while Cache Tiering will assist “hot” data to be moved onto high-performance media when it becomes active and “cold” data to be moved onto low-performance media when it is no longer active.

The Calamari v1.2 will update the Ceph management platform to support management functions to enable the administrator to manage the core functionality of the reliable autonomic distributed object store (RADOS) storage cluster.

Calamari is an on-premise application with management tools and performance data that simplifies operational management and enables administrators to adapt to changes in their Ceph clusters.

Inktank Ceph Enterprise is supported on a variety of operating systems and cloud platforms. Supported client configurations include Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4 and 5 (via librbd), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 (via krbd), Ubuntu OpenStack 12.04 & 14.04 (librbd), and Mirantis OpenStack 5.0 (librbd).

Support is also provided for applications that adhere to the Ceph Object Gateway API specifications. Supported underlying operating systems include Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4, 6.5 and 7.0, Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04, and CentOS 6.4 and 6.5.