Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Ceph Storage 2.3, which is based on Ceph 10.2 (Jewel).

Red Hat Ceph Storage 2.3 brings many notable features to customers, including a new lightweight NFS interface to the Ceph Object Gateway that deploys Ceph’s multi-site capabilities to enable global clusters and data access with the NFS protocol.

The new interface allows compatibility with the Hadoop S3A filesystem client enabling customers to use big data analytics applications like Apache Hadoop MapReduce, Hive, and Spark with the Red Hat Ceph Storage object store.

“The NFS interface uses the Red Hat Ceph Storage multi-site capabilities to enable global clusters and data access with the NFS protocol. As a result, file storage customers can take advantage of the scale, flexibility, and cost efficiencies of object storage while modernizing their storage foundation over time,” the company said in a press release.

The new release also supports deployment in containerized environment. Red Hat is offering the same capabilities of the traditional package format through a container image that’s available through Red Hat Container Registry.

Customers can use the container image with Ansible and manage installations, upgrades, and updates automatically, resulting in reduced complexity, easier management, and faster deployment of software-defined storage.

Ceph is the future of software defined storage

Ceph is becoming an industry standard as major vendors are building their software defined storage solutions on top of Ceph.

What makes Ceph so important is that enterprises are now experiencing a massive explosion of data and it’s becoming increasingly expensive and complex to manage storage in traditional ways.

Ceph supports all three major storage types -block, object and file and it enables enterprise customers to create storage clusters which can be used to meet demand. In addition, it offers infinite scalability allowing customers to grow storage from terabytes to petabytes without compromising speed.

Since it can run on commodity hardware, it’s extremely inexpensive as compared to proprietary solutions that require vendor specific hardware.

Ceph is also the dominant block storage solution on OpenStack cloud, that’s witnessing massive adoption across the world. According to latest OpenStack survey there are are over 30 major public clouds around the world. Ceph supports industry standard APIs which makes it accessible through Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift, or native API protocols.

Ceph is yet another example of the way open source works. Ceph was initially developed by Inktank that Red Hat acquired in 2014 which not only kept Ceph open source, but also created a Ceph Community Advisory Board that included members from competitors of Red Hat including Canonical and SUSE. Both Canonical and SUSE use Ceph to offer their own software defined storage