Applications like cloud, big data, virtualization, social networking information, video and audio media serving, photos, documents, and search indexes are just a few examples of activities that are driving an unprecedented explosion of data. This massive amount of data spans structured, semi-structured, and unstructured formats, and not surprisingly, almost all of it must be backed up and archived during its digital life span. Consequently, IT managers are faced with the challenge of efficiently storing and managing this upsurge in data, thereby driving the need for new storage technologies.
According to a white paper generated by Red Hat, to create converged storage and compute systems that surpass traditional monolithic scale-up models of storage, scale-out storage subsystems are directly being connected to processor-based servers.
Old models are no longer a viable option when addressing big data issues. Consequently, Intel (News - Alert) is enabling storage features in standard server platforms, which in turn can be deployed to build enterprise-class storage systems. Coupled with Red Hat Storage, converged storage systems are providing a turnkey-unified file and object storage solution for massive data storage requirements, says the white paper. Thus, allowing datacenters to scale independently on three planes: performance, throughput, and capacity in both private and public clouds.
Intel Xeon processors, along with other Intel building blocks, are offering tools to create new enterprise-class storage systems that are resilient, scalable in performance and capacity, and are cost and power efficient. In fact, the whitepaper indicates that by performing in-line data compression, de-duplication, and thin provisioning, Intel processors significantly reduce the storage footprint to permit existing infrastructures to store more data. Thus, reducing IT costs by using less hardware, notes the paper.
Red Hat (News - Alert) Storage is leveraging Intel technology to provide scale out NAS for datacenter, private cloud, and public cloud with scalability, performance, and high availability. In fact, the white paper shows that Red Hat Storage is certified on Intel Xeon processor family-based servers.
To help users build scalable, centrally-managed storage pools on premise or in the public cloud, both Intel and Red Hat have collaborated to create a Cloud Builder Guide for data back-up and archive. In essence, by combining Intel Xeon processor-based servers and storage resources with Red Hat Storage, one can build a unified storage solution to handle massive data in the datacenter or in the public cloud.
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Edited by Rich Steeves