Red Hat Eyes Big Data with Storage Server 3

By Pedro Hernandez

Red Hat's big data ambitions are on display with the latest release of the company's storage software platform. Based on the GlusterFS 3.6 file system and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 operating system, Red Hat Storage Server 3 is now available with a major new feature: Hadoop support.

Storage Server 3 supports a Hadoop File System Plug-In, allowing organizations to run Apache Hadoop analytic workloads directly on the storage server, along with Apache Ambari, a Hadoop management component. Hadoop is a popular open source distributed computing platform that has practically become synonymous with the big data movement. The software is used by half of the Fortune 50 and Internet heavyweights like Facebook, Yahoo, and Amazon.

"With this latest release, Red Hat is leading the charge on open, software-defined storage to help build agile enterprises that can rapidly gain competitive advantage by leveraging the tangible value hidden inside unstructured data," said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager of Storage and Big Data at Red Hat.

Other new capabilities include the addition of volume snapshots and support for storage cluster monitoring solutions based on Nagios and SNMP. Customers can also scale their Red Hat-based infrastructures to new heights.

According to Red Hat's figures, Storage Server 3 can accommodate up to 60 drives per server, comparted to 36 drives previously. Each cluster can now support up to 128 servers (versus 64), yielding clusters that deliver up to 19 petabytes of capacity.

The software ships with an expanded hardware compatibility list, enabling more flexible deployment options. Solid-state drive (SSD) support help applications deliver brisk, flash-based performance.

"Red Hat's software-defined storage portfolio offers an open source alternative to proprietary technology stacks to address mounting challenges around the growth of enterprise data," noted 451 Research vice president Simon Robinson, in prepared remarks.

According to John Kreisa, vice president of strategic marketing of Hortonworks, the software helps bring big data workloads and storage management to the mainstream. Hortonworks is the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Yahoo spin-off that focuses on Hadoop development and support.

"With the Red Hat Storage plug-in for the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), the industry’s only 100-percent open source Hadoop distribution, we are empowering joint customers with seamless access to more data for deeper analysis on a cost-effective scale-out storage solution," he said in a statement.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Infostor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on October 06, 2014