Red Hat has made Ceph Storage 4 generally available. The new release makes the platform for object, block and file storage suitable for cloud-native application development.
Ceph Storage can run on the most commonly used hardware. It uses an algorithm called Controlled Replication Under Scalable Hashing to distribute data evenly across clusters. Also, nodes can quickly retrieve data.
According to Red Hat, version 4 would come with a big performance boost. Tests would show that the platform writes away intensive workloads twice as fast.
Red Hat focuses, among other things, on adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the platform. Certain data management tasks can be automated and there are self healing capabilities for backup and recovery activities. The open-source giant calls Ceph Storage 4 particularly suitable for companies that need to optimise the management and storage of large amounts of data, without deploying additional staff.
Version 4 also introduces a new management dashboard, on which certain business activities converge. This should enable employees to identify and solve problems more quickly. There is also a new quality of service monitoring option to verify storage quality for apps hosted in multi-tenant cloud environments.
Ceph Storage is accessible via Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift (object storage) REST APIs, or via a native API for integration with software solutions. The new version is also integrated with IBM‘s Spectrum Protect (Plus) data services. Many Red Hat products will integrate with IBM after it was acquired by Big Blue.