A network-attached storage in the cloud

Red Hat create a highly available virtualised storage pool


Red Hat create their own Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services

Red Hat has revealed that they have created their own Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) for Amazon Web Services (AWS) for relocating enterprise datacentres to the cloud. This solution was designed to enable companies to extend scalable NAS storage to the cloud with support for additional cloud providers.

 The VSA is built on Red Hat Gluster technology. It primarily deals with a clustered filesystem which is based on backend Amazon Web Services. Storage product marketing manager at Red Hat, Tom Trainer said “essentially what we are providing is network-attached storage in the cloud.” This means that users are able to aggregate both Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS). 

Essentially the user can utilize the appliance to create a space that can serve as a cloud storage space for data overflow or as a large pool of resources which can be accessed regularly.

Computer Technology Review noted that this will create “a highly available virtualised storage pool that offers enhanced scalability and performance in the cloud…These two products provide greater flexibility to organisations looking to include file storage in their on-premise and cloud strategies.”

AWS contains both backup options; synchronous and asynchronous file replication, assuring data availability across AWS Availability Zones. Asynchronous geo-replication is available to replicate across all AWS regions. Synchronous replication provides users with redundancy and protection across single or multiple datacentres and regions. 

Red Hat has also publicized that the VSA is POSIX-compliant, thus no re-coding of apps is needed to give the apps access to data in this cloud. Trainer proclaimed that is it “the leading enterprise-ready scale-out NAS offering for the public cloud available on the market today.”

RH VSA can be installed in minutes and users can use its storage “as a large pool or resource and replicate to and from the cloud to meet [their] growing storage needs and to handle overflow situations”

The Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services is available now.

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