Red Hat appliance to burst to AWS

Jennifer Scott News
7 Feb, 2012

The new product from the open source giants enables firms to extend their NAS to the cloud.

Red Hat today announced a new appliance enabling users to extend their Network Attached Storage (NAS) into Amazon's cloud.

The Red Hat Virtual Storage Appliance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) is based on technology gained from the company's acquisition of Gluster late last year.

It enables users to bring together storage from an in-house appliance with Amazon's Elastic Block Storage (EBS) and its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for a more flexible storage stack, with higher performance due to its virtual nature.

“Organisations are increasingly looking for cloud storage that delivers the flexibility and cost savings of the cloud without having to overhaul their entire application and storage infrastructure,” said Terri McClure, analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group.

"This newest offering by Red Hat enables organisations to seamlessly easily extend their data centre storage to the cloud while still receiving the performance and availability desired.”

Specific features of the new appliance include speedy deployments, taking a matter of minutes to provision petabytes of storage, and no need for application rewrites in the cloud, thanks to the appliance adhering to the POSIX standard.

“By using the appliance within the AWS environment, users are now able to scale linearly for performance and capacity, connect multiple AWS instances to a single shared storage pool, and also experience the benefits of an AWS deployment," added Ranga Rangachari, general manager of storage at Red Hat.

Although the first tie-up is with Amazon, Red Hat said support for rival Virtual Cloudsviders would be available in 'the near future.'

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