LINUX VENDOR Red Hat has announced beta availability of its Red Hat Storage 2.0, its rival to Oracle's ZFS.
Red Hat's Storage 2.0 is part of the firm's attempt to manage the buzzword of the moment, big data. The firm's Storage 2.0 software aims to deal with the growth in user-generated data through a software implementation that runs on top of the XFS file system and is available in beta form.
Red Hat claims its storage software layer can extend the performance of the existing XFS file system while optimising performance in the widely deployed Network File System version 3 protocol. The firm claims that the software brings self-healing and new management features such as storage brick information, all features that will intrigue enterprise system administrators.
Oracle's ZFS file system has similar goals but has had very limited development on Linux since Oracle took over Sun Microsystems. While Oracle has used ZFS to push its Solaris operating system, the Linux kernel has been left with a ZFS port that is ageing. This has left enterprise Linux vendors such as Red Hat with the need to build on top of supported file systems such as XFS to deliver similar functionality in order to meet growing data integrity requirements, even if it means yet another software layer between applications and hardware.
Red Hat Storage 2.0 beta is available for the firm's Enterprise Linux 6 distribution. µ