Red Hat today rebranded its storage software platforms in hopes of clarifying their intended use cases.
Inktank Ceph Enterprise becomes Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Storage Server becomes Red Hat Gluster Storage. The scale-out open source platforms fall under a Red Hat Storage umbrella. Both storage platforms came to Red Hat through acquisitions. Red Hat picked up file-based Gluster in 2011 and added block and object storage vendor Inktank in May 2014. Since the Inktank acquisition, there have been questions about whether Red Hat would keep the two platforms separate or merge them.
Both will live on, Red Hat Storage direct of product marketing Ross Turk said. Red Hat positions its Gluster Storage as best suited for enterprise virtualization (VMware), analytics (Hadoop and Splunk), and sync and share workloads. Ceph Storage is designed for OpenStack, object storage (Amazon S3-compatible) and other cloud infrastructure workloads. They both can play in archiving and rich media markets.
“This represents a sea change in how we talk about our products, and we’re starting with the workloads,” Turk said. “We’re trying not to think of Gluster as file and Ceph as object and block. We’re trying instead to think of what the best architectural fit is for each of them.”
Put another way, Gluster is more apt for traditional file-out storage needs while Ceph is more for public cloud storage developers and enterprises with large development teams.
“Ceph was built for the cloud and for building infrastructure,” Turk said. “Red Hat Gluster Storage is a completely different beast. It’s purpose built as a scale-out file store. Gluster was built to consolidate storage resources on a bunch of servers under a single namespace.”
Turk said the two platforms are licensed separately, and Red Hat has customers using both.