Red Hat Ceph Storage has a software-defined architecture that integrates into existing hardware and infrastructure for lower capital costs and more flexibility. Key new features for version 2 include Multi-site replication (for DR and Archival), deeper integration with Active Directory and LDAP and increased interoperability through global clusters with S3/Swift protocols.
Companies embracing the ROI benefits of Object Storage can solve strategic use cases in addition to long term archiving, backup and big data storage. The combination of Red Hat Ceph Storage and SME Enterprise File Share and Sync enables companies to provide a simpler file access and governance model.
The SME solution extends Red Hat Ceph Storage to be used in three different use cases commonly requested by customers. The simplest way to use Object Storage is Enterprise File Share and Sync, which provides a corporate or private drop box functionality. Second, and equally important, SME provides a Private Drive capability, enabling “always on” drive access regardless of platform (BYOD, mobile, desktops). And finally, Home Drive Replacement enables companies to replace legacy network share drives with web scale object storage enabled by Red Hat Ceph Storage.
In providing a file system view the SME solution addresses the user expectation of working with file system storage, rather than object storage. It provides Cloud Drives for Mac, Windows and Linux that integrate Red Hat Ceph Storage directly into the business desktop as well as Web and Mobile apps for anywhere and anytime access. This provides Single-Sign-On access via in-house Active Directory/LDAP and allows the IT administrator to more easily manage users and gain control over users' access to files such as auditing file events, while enabling users to share files privately and more securely.
SME has a global customer base composed of direct enterprise use, service providers, educational institutions, and OEM’s. SME and Red Hat bring enterprise experience and capabilities to open source solutions, helping to simplify end user interactions with a robust cloud solution.
“With this solution, our customers can expand the use of Red Hat Ceph Storage as a global Object Storage system. SME brings a suite of file governance and sharing solutions designed to make use of object storage capabilities at web-scale and hardened for Red Hat Ceph Storage 2,” noted Ben Cherian, director, Partners, Channel and Alliances, Storage and Big Data, Red Hat.
Jim Liddle, Storage Made Easy CEO, said, "We are very excited about the Red Hat relationship. SME provides true enterprise-class solutions for Red Hat customers that are proven at scale and encompass the necessary protections that are required in today’s compliance driven enterprise. The relationship has significant potential our customers".