January 15, 2020
Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4 to deliver an integrated, multicloud experience to Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform users.
Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage holds considerable promise as the default storage option for OpenShift customers.
Today’s announcement builds on more than three years of rapid adoption by customers worldwide looking for a consistent storage experience for a wide variety of data-centric applications across the open hybrid cloud.
Enable data portability for hybrid cloud freedom
Enhanced with Multi-Cloud Object Gateway from Red Hat’s 2018 acquisition of NooBaa, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4 offers greater abstraction and flexibility so customers have the freedom to choose data services across multiple public clouds, while still operating from a unified Kubernetes-based control plane for applications and storage. In addition to helping customers avoid public cloud lock-in, this enables developers to keep their data close to applications through improved accessibility, delivering a more efficient developer experience.
With a consistent Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) interface, enterprises now have built-in object storage and scalability needed to support portability for data-intensive applications across the hybrid cloud on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, previously unavailable through any container storage vendor in the OpenShift OperatorHub.
Empower developer innovation at every stage of the application development lifecycle
This release enables a first-class developer experience across footprints where Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is available. For developers building cloud-native applications or lifting and shifting legacy applications, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4 helps accelerate application development workflows through:
Optimization with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, enabling developers to dynamically provision their own storage from within the platform without requiring storage expertise.
Easier deployment and greater automation through Rook‘s storage orchestration capabilities. With the Rook.io Operator, developers have Kubernetes-native, automated support for easier deploying, packaging and expansion of storage on Red Hat OpenShift.
Faster persistent volume creation, helping developers build, test and release applications faster by reducing build times and improving continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline efficiency.
Support enhanced data security for cloud-native applications
To help enable security across cloud environments, this release brings expanded data protection features, such as encryption, anonymization, key separation and erasure coding. Using the Multi-Cloud Object Gateway, developers can share and access sensitive application data in a more secure and compliant fashion across multiple geo-locations and platforms.
Today, Red Hat also announced Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.3, the newest version of the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform. The latest version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform delivers several new security capabilities, including FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) compliant encryption (FIPS 140-2 Level 1) and encryption of the etcd datastore to provide additional protection for secrets at rest. Additional capabilities to support private clusters and private networks provides wider controls to limit platform and application access for cloud-based clusters.
Provision scalable storage for workloads across cloud environments
Based on Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4 provides users the scalability and enhanced security needed for emerging workloads across multicloud environments, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), SQL, NoSQL and other data-intensive workloads. As the only storage Operator in the embedded OperatorHub that supports file, block and object storage, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4 uniquely provides OpenShift customers an integrated cloud-native storage solution, designed to support both traditional and emerging workloads.
Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4 is generally available today for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.
Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Storage, Red Hat
“As the container storage market continues to evolve rapidly, Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage 4, brings to bear solutions for the biggest challenges facing customers today. The integration with Rook.io Operator advances us towards the industry vision of fully self-managed, self-healing storage services delivered through Kubernetes.
Francesco Giannoccaro, head of HPC and Infrastructure, Public Health England
“When you work in a complex business environment, a key priority is to increase resilience and improve reliability at every layer of the technology stack. The advantage of using OpenShift Container Storage is the ability to have an integrated environment with persistent storage and shared volumes across multiple pods and containers, without going through complex configurations. The level of resilience and reliability is very high compared to alternative scalable storage solutions, and we’re confident that the portability and simplicity built into OpenShift Container Storage, can provide the breadth of data services to developers in a true hybrid cloud experience, to enable robust development cycles and greater productivity.”
Eric Sheppard, research vice president, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC
“Container storage is a rapidly evolving space. Red Hat integrated its persistent storage services as first class citizens into the OpenShift Container Platform, enabling customers to build the next generation of storage-intensive applications technology with many years of enterprise deployment success. Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage holds considerable promise as the default storage option for OpenShift customers.”