Red Hat has long been one of the top companies in the world when it comes to open source solutions for a wide variety of verticals. The company strengthened its standing with the recent announcement that it is now able to fully support OpenStack. This new update will mean that Red Hat (News - Alert) enterprise customers are now able to deploy an open source storage solution that will not negatively affect the enterprise grade performance and manageability. Alongside the partnership with OpenStack, Red Hat also announced that the new Red Hat Storage Test Drives is compatible with Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) (AWS).
The movement to the cloud has made quite a few companies change the way they are handling their storage needs. There is a mountain of different companies that are all looking to get into the cloud someway and it can be hard to determine who the best cloud services provider might be.
At the same time, the capacity requirements for cloud-based storage have shot through the roof. Enterprise level companies are finding it hard and harder to figure out a way to save money, while they upload even more information to the cloud.
The Red Hat Storage Server 2.1 handles a lot of the problems that enterprise companies find when they are looking for cloud service providers. The new storage server offers up features like the ability to access Object Storage (Swift (News - Alert)) API layer in the newest OpenStack Grizzly release. There is also access to storage back-end for OpenStack Block Storage (called Cinder) and the company’s image service (Glance).
Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager for Red Hat Storage, talked about the new updates to the company’s offerings in a recent statement, saying, "Red Hat Storage continues to work to redefine and revolutionize the way enterprises manage their unstructured data, while setting the open source standard for software-defined storage. The new features in Red Hat Storage servers are designed to help customers optimize business continuity service levels, drive business agility, and further simplify and improve operational efficiency across private, public, and open hybrid clouds."