New Red Hat Storage One accelerates software-defined storage adoption; comes automated by Ansible

Red Hat Inc., provider of open source solutions, announced on Wednesday general availability of Red Hat Storage One, a new approach to web-scale enterprise storage aimed at providing customers the convenience of hardware-optimized systems while preserving the flexibility and scale of software-defined storage.

Red Hat Storage One is built on the Red Hat Storage portfolio, designed to offer durable, elastic storage, adapted to a variety of complex workloads, and trusted by customers with some of the most demanding storage deployments across geographies and industry verticals.

Red Hat Storage One is designed to provide more of a plug-and-play approach to the procurement, deployment, and performance tuning of software-defined storage, ushering in a new wave of enterprise storage to meet the varying demands of modern workloads. Red Hat Storage One is a platform of pre-engineered systems, created in close collaboration with Red Hat’s server hardware partners, that delivers tightly packaged workload-optimized storage solutions.

The fulfillment and support is offered through Red Hat’s hardware partner ecosystem. Supermicro is the first Red Hat server partner offering a single part number for software, hardware, and support of the solution.

Red Hat Storage One by Supermicro provides an integrated, pre-loaded, pre-configured, and fully supported hardware and software solution that is optimized for specific workload categories. All Red Hat Storage One solutions include in a single Supermicro part number standard storage servers optimized and configured for a particular workload category; pre-loaded, licensed, pre-configured, and workload-optimized storage software; and offers rapid deployment with a quick-deploy utility that makes mountable file systems ready in minutes, besides complete, single-vendor support for both hardware and software.

With rapidly increasing data volumes, many organizations are facing pressure to modernize traditional systems. As a result, many enterprises now want the benefits of software-defined storage without investing in the deep skill sets that may be required to configure and tune the systems.

Unlike many proprietary, monolithic storage systems that are labeled software-defined storage only in name, Red Hat Storage One offers an open, flexible, and modular solution that can easily be extended to meet the evolving needs of the modern enterprise. Red Hat Storage One can help customers get the flexibility of software-defined storage and the convenience of storage appliances.

Red Hat Storage One involves a simplified and repeatable deployment process, thanks to a Red Hat Ansible Automation-based quick install tool, combined with available pre-configured workloads for media content repositories and general purpose NAS, can enable organizations to implement Red Hat Storage One quickly and efficiently.

Red Hat Storage One can be configured as a content repository capable of storing large multimedia files and even data streaming. Red Hat Storage One clusters are optimized for large files and sequential throughput performance, making it ideal for enterprises in the telecommunications and media industries, or large enterprises handling rich media.

The software-defined storage and underlying hardware are pre-optimized for performance and throughput characteristics of the specific workload addressed by each solution. Red Hat Storage One will be available in configurations ranging from four to 24 nodes, and is able to accommodate rapid growth via rolling upgrades as the needs of the storage system evolve. It also has an all-in-one pricing model that includes advanced storage services for a more comprehensive, scale-out solution.

“Enterprises that need to deploy elastic storage for modern workloads and application portability across the open hybrid cloud are looking to software-defined storage,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Storage. Many of our storage customers are looking to purchase and deploy a packaged solution that requires little customization. We are excited to bring together the flexible, software-defined power of Red Hat Storage with resilient hardware from our partner ecosystem to make software-defined storage more appealing.”

​”Transformational software-defined storage can deliver greater benefits than traditional storage systems, even when it’s deployed with hardware,” said Scott Sinclair, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Red Hat and Supermicro offer the best of both worlds by providing the power of software-defined storage in a simplified solution with single part number, automated installation, support, and workload configuration options.”

“The collaboration between Red Hat and Supermicro eases the acquisition, deployment, and support of software-defined storage (SDS) to petabytes and beyond,” said Michael McNerney, vice president, Software Solutions and Network Security, Supermicro. “Leveraging Supermicro’s comprehensive portfolio of storage optimized servers, Red Hat Storage One provides an ‘out of the box’ solution that provides the convenience of automated deployment with the flexibility of software-defined storage.”


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