Red Hat announced it will contribute its Red Hat Storage Hadoop plug-in to the Apache Hadoop open community to add another component to the big data ecosystem.
"The big data market is ripe for disruption," said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Storage Business Unit. "Big data is more than just Hadoop to most enterprise customers. We are taking a broad view of big data."
RedHat already has a large share of the big data and cloud markets. According to Rangachari, 72 percent of big data workloads run on Linux and Linux is the primary platform for the majority of cloud-based applications.
Red Hat intends to make its Hadoop plug-in for Red Hat Storage (gained through the acquistion of Gluster, an open source object storage firm) available to the Hadoop community later this year. Currently in technology preview, the Red Hat Storage Apache Hadoop plug-in provides a new storage option for enterprise Hadoop deployments that delivers enterprise storage features, while maintaining the API compatibility and local data access the Hadoop community expects. Red Hat Storage brings enterprise-class features to big data environments, such as Geo replication, High Availability, POSIX compliance, disaster recovery, and management.
Users will have have a unified data and scale-out storage software platform to accommodate files and objects deployed across physical, virtual, public and hybrid cloud resources. The enterprise big data analysis is supported by RedHat's approach, with "the ability to create workloads in private cloud and move to public cloud, back and forth, without retooling the applications," said Rangachari.
Red Hat is also building a robust network of ecosystem and enterprise integration partners to deliver comprehensive big data solutions to enterprise customers.
- Big Data Ecosystem Partners – To provide a comprehensive big data solution set to enterprises, Red Hat plans to partner with leading big data software and hardware providers to offer interoperability. Development of certified and documented reference architectures are expected to allow users to integrate and install comprehension enterprise big data solutions.
- Enterprise Partners – Red Hat anticipates enabling the delivery of a comprehensive big data solution to its customers through leading enterprise integration partners utilizing the reference architectures developed by Red Hat and its big data ecosystem partners.
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