Storage capacity for Red Hat’s container-native platform gets a boost

Red Hat recently unveiled its Red Hat Container-Native Storage 3.6, bringing what is dubbs “versatile software-defined storage” to the platform. The release follows in the footsteps of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6, the newest version of Red Hat’s enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform, which was released in August.

Containers allow multiple applications to be launched on a single host operating system, which have come to prominence as service providers gravitate toward cloud computing. The recent update from Red Hat is a response to an increased need to support container-based applications and microservices infrastructure across hybrid cloud environments. According to 451 Research, the application container market reached $762 million in 2016, and is expected to enjoy a 40% compound rate to $2.7 billion by 2020.

“As enterprises move over to hybrid cloud infrastructures and support on-premises and public cloud deployments, they need to ensure support for containerized applications and infrastructure with a secure, integrated storage platform,” said Henry Baltazar, research vice president at 451 Research Inc. “Red Hat Container-Native Storage enables customers to move to a single integrated container platform across their hybrid cloud infrastructure, creating a versatile storage platform for containers while simplifying management.”

In addition, Red Hat has been focused on providing software-defined container-native storage in order to address some of the challenges anchored to conventional storage infrastructure, like the lack of agility needed to scale out storage capacity. Red Hat claims Container-Native Storage 3.6 provides a three-fold increase in the number of applications and microservices deployed on a single storage cluster.

“As enterprises deploy containers, many see a need for storage solutions designed specifically for these types of systems. Red Hat Container-Native Storage, optimized for multi/hybrid cloud deployments with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, offers that,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, storage, Red Hat.

“The addition of support for a broad range of storage workloads, the support for the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform’s core infrastructure pieces, and increased persistent volume density are key features to help customers support present and future datacenters, and all further strengthen the tight integration of Red Hat Container-Native Storage with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.”

Red Hat Container-Native Storage is built upon Red Hat Gluster Storage, a software-defined storage platform that can be launched on-premises or in public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The OpenShift Container Platform, on the other hand, is an on-premises private platform-as-a-service product. The aim of Cloud-Native Storage 3.6 is to eliminate the need for an independent storage platform, providing benefits like a single control plane, cost efficiency and a streamlined user experience. The company said Red Hat Container-Native Storage 3.6 will be available later this month.

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