Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced Red Hat Ceph Storage 2, the next generation of its open software-defined storage platform. Red Hat Ceph Storage 2, based on the Ceph Jewel release, introduces several new capabilities that enhance support for object storage workloads and promote greater ease of use.

Ceph was designed from the ground up to enable and support enterprises’ digital transformation efforts through web scale object and cloud infrastructures. As an object storage solution, it is well-suited for enterprises with deployments approaching a petabyte of data or more. Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 brings enhanced capabilities for enterprise object storage customers who are demanding scale, increased security, and strong compatibility with industry-standard APIs.

New object storage features in Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 include:

  • New global object storage clusters, which provide a single namespace and data synchronization between clusters operating in multiple regions.
  • Improved security via integration with authentication systems, including Active Directory, LDAP, and OpenStack Identity (Keystone) v3.
  • Enhanced Amazon S3 and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) compatibility, including support for AWS v4 Client Signatures, object versioning, bulk deletes, and more.

Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 also debuts Red Hat Storage Console 2, a storage management and monitoring system with a redesigned, streamlined user interface. This new technology simplifies both the deployment and operational management of Ceph, making scale-out storage accessible to a wider range of users while reducing deployment time from days to hours in tests conducted by Red Hat. Building on Ansible as a foundation, Red Hat Storage Console 2 delivers a single, clean, and modern graphical interface to proactively monitor and manage health, performance, and capacity utilization.

Red Hat also announced a tech preview of CephFS, the POSIX-compliant file system that uses a Ceph storage cluster to store its data and can be used with the OpenStack Manila service. This is a continuation of Red Hat’s ongoing commitment to complete and tightly integrated storage for OpenStack environments.

Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 is scheduled for availability this summer.