Gluster can now also guard against bit rot, or the gradual decay of files on disk that can, over time, render them impossible to read.
Gluster can now also take the place of hierarchical management systems (HSM), which offload old or less consulted data to less costly, slower storage systems. Gluster now offers operators fine-grain control of where to store data.
Red Hat struck a few deals with other IT service providers to expand the potential customer base for its storage software. About 60 percent of commercial Ceph or Gluster sales are done by Red Hat itself, but the rest are executed by partners, Rangachari said.
Systems provider Supermicro, which has offered Gluster systems, is now offering Ceph-based storage systems to its customers as well. Multimedia optimization software provider Vantrix has packaged Red Hat Gluster Storage into its Vantrix Media Platform to provide organizations with a way to store, archive and serve large amounts of content.
At the Summit, Red Hat also demonstrated some storage technologies it is currently developing. It showed off software that allows administrators to manage a diverse array of different types of storage systems from a single console. This software should be released later in the year, Rangachari said.
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