Storage Server has been strengthened for disaster recovery. The product's replication technology, Geo-replication, can now speed data transfers across a WAN (wide area network) 38 times faster than the previous version.
Storage Server 2.1 now interoperates more easily with Microsoft's enterprise software. It recognizes Microsoft's Full Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0 protocol, allowing the Storage Server to act as a Windows file server. Previously, the Red Hat software supported SMB 1.0, though it performed data exchanges three times slower than those executed using SMB 2.0.
Storage Server also now recognizes credentials from Microsoft Active Directory. Storage Server required a lot of configuration to work with Active Directory, so this new version comes with a complete set of documentation to get the two software products to work together.
As a result with these integrations with Microsoft products, "Users in a Windows environment who already have Active Directory credentials can just access files from a Red Hat storage Server as if they are accessing it from a Windows server, or any other server using the SMB protocol," Rangachari said.
Support for the Storage Server has been added to Red Hat Network Satellite, the systems management service that Red Hat uses to install and update its software on behalf of its customers. The company is updating its software for managing storage clusters, called the Red Hat Storage Console, which has been released as a preview.
Red Hat also announced that the Red Hat Storage Server can now be tested on Amazon Web Services (AWS), through a program called Red Hat Storage Test Drives. The program offers five hours of free AWS server time. Currently, cloud deployments and at-home deployments may not share the same domain space, which is the directory of all the resources within a SAN (storage area network), though Red Hat is working on this capability for future versions of the software, Rangachari said.
Red Hat will explain more about what is new with Red Hat Storage Server 2.1 on a webcast on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
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