Red Hat Launches Enterprise Linux 6.4, Big Data Focus

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-02-22 Print this article Print

“Red Hat is uniquely positioned to excel in enterprise big data solutions, a market that IDC expects to grow from $6 billion in 2011 to $23.8 billion in 2016,” said Ashish Nadkarni, research director for storage systems and co-lead for big data global overview at IDC in a statement. “Red Hat is one of the very few infrastructure providers that can deliver a comprehensive big data solution because of the breadth of its infrastructure solutions and application platforms for on-premises or cloud delivery models. As a leading contributor to open source communities developing essential technologies for the big data IT stack – from Linux to OpenStack Origin and Gluster – Red Hat will continue to play a pivotal role in big data.”

Company officials said Red Hat’s big data infrastructure and application platforms are ideally suited for enterprises leveraging the open hybrid cloud environment. The company’s big data infrastructure solutions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization According to the Jan. 2012 The Linux Foundation Enterprise Linux User Report, the majority of big data implementations run on Linux and as the leading provider of commercial Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a leading platform for big data deployments.

For its part, Red Hat Storage, built on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system and the GlusterFS distributed file system, can be used to pool inexpensive commodity servers to provide a cost-effective, scalable, and reliable storage solution for big data. Moreover, announced in Dec. 2012, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 is integrated with Red Hat Storage, enabling it to access the shared storage pool managed by Red Hat Storage. This integration also offers enterprises reduced operational costs, expanded portability, and choice of infrastructure, scalability and availability. The combination of these platforms furthers Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud vision of an integrated and converged Red Hat Storage and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization node that serves compute and storage resources, Red Hat officials said.

Another key component of the company’s big data strategy, Red Hat JBoss Middleware, provides enterprises with technologies for creating and integrating big data-driven applications that are able to interact with new and emerging technologies like Hadoop or MongoDB.

To provide a big data solution set to enterprises, Red Hat plans to partner with leading big data software and hardware providers to offer interoperability. The company also will enable the delivery of big data solutions to its customers through leading enterprise integration partners using the reference architectures developed by Red Hat and its big data ecosystem partners.

With its big data announcement, “Red Hat demonstrates its strong commitment to continue to provide enterprise infrastructure and platforms to effectively run big data applications today and in the growing open hybrid cloud environment,” said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager of storage at Red Hat, in a statement. “With true enterprise-class offerings, Red Hat leverages the power of the open source community to give our big data customers a choice in technology, deployment environments, and partners.”

Many enterprises use public cloud infrastructure, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), for the development, proof-of-concept, and pre-production phases of their big data projects. The workloads are then moved to their private clouds to scale up the analytics with the larger data set. An open hybrid cloud environment enables enterprises to transfer workloads from the public cloud into their private cloud without the need to re-tool their applications. Red Hat is engaged in the open cloud community through projects like OpenStack and OpenShift Origin to help meet these enterprise big data needs, the company said.

Meanwhile, Zadara Storage, an innovator in cloud block storage, announced that its Red Hat Enterprise Linux based storage Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) are now available in the AWS Marketplace. The inclusion of the Zadara Red Hat AMIs in the AWS Marketplace makes enterprise-class, Storage-as-a-Service a viable and attractive solution for Network Attached Storage (NAS) users and database users requiring shared storage, Zadara officials said.

This provides Native Red Hat Cluster Services with MySQL, and easy, preconfigured access to Enterprise-class NAS on AWS. The Zadara Red Hat AMIs provide users the benefits of a pure cloud storage solution, plus the ease of implementation that comes with preconfigured images. The Zadara AMIs, are available on-demand through AWS Marketplace, and can be deployed within the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) environment. Customers can take advantage of the standard Red Hat images with the necessary standard packages and automation scripts for connecting to Zadara Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSAs). The Zadara RHEL AMIs published includes NAS and Clustering: RHEL 6 ready for Zadara VPSA Cloud Block/File Storage, and RHEL 6 Cluster with MySQL.

"We are excited to have Zadara Storage offerings on AWS Marketplace, adding to our growing ecosystem of Red Hat Enterprise Linux partners," said Sajai Krishnan, general manager of AWS Marketplace. "Zadara products used with AWS's highly scalable, secure and flexible platform provide AWS customers with NAS data storage functionality for their unstructured data needs, and clustering capabilities for their high-availability MySQL database storage needs."


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