Red Hat is advancing its storage platform development with Monday’s beta release of Red Hat Storage 2.0.
The new Red Hat Storage 2.0 appliance is based on the GlusterFS 3.3 release. The system will also provide components from the open source OpenStack cloud effort to enable unified file and object access.
“GlusterFS already allows users to store and retrieve data as files using traditional file system/NAS interfaces like native Fuse, NFS and CIFS,” Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, storage, at Red Hat, told InternetNews.com. “In Red Hat Storage 2.0, object access has been added, based on OpenStack’s Swift, which allows users to store and retrieve content through a simple REST API as objects.”
Rangachari added that unified file and object access is very useful when there is a need for one interface to store data (object) and use another interface to retrieve and process the same data (file).