Chapter 4. Use Case Examples

This chapter provides use case examples that describe various deployment environments using Red Hat Storage 2.0.


The use cases show general or common situations particular to a specific use of the product. Actual needs and requirements vary from customer to customer and business to business.

4.1. Use Case 1: Using Red Hat Storage for Data Archival

Enterprises, today, face an explosion of data which are driven by varied applications such as virtualization, collaboration, business intelligence, data warehousing, e-mail, ERP/CRM, and media. Data retention requirements increase the problem since retaining multiple versions of data for a prolonged period of time requires more storage.
Red Hat Storage Server for data archival address the challenges associated with rapid archive growth, highly distributed users, and siloed storage pools. Red Hat Storage Server provides an open source, scale-out network attached storage (NAS) and object storage software solution that is designed to work seamlessly with industry standard x86 servers. It also provides freedom of choice to customers by allowing them to deploy cost-effective, scalable and highly available storage without compromising on scale or performance.
Red Hat Storage Server can be deployed on-premise, in private clouds, in public cloud infrastructures or hybrid cloud environments and is optimized for storage intensive enterprise workloads including high-performance computing, nearline archival and rich media content delivery.
Use Case 1: Red Hat Storage for Data Archival and Nearline

Figure 4.1. Use Case 1: Red Hat Storage for Data Archival and Nearline

4.1.1. Key Features of Red Hat Storage Server for Nearline and Archival Use Case

This section describes the key features of Red Hat Storage for nearline and data archival use case.
  • Elastic Scalability
    Storage volumes are abstracted from the hardware, allowing each of the volume to be managed independently. Volumes can be expanded or shrunk by adding or removing systems from the storage pool, or by adding or removing storage from individual machines in the pool, all while data remains available and with no application interruption.
  • Compatibility
    Due to native POSIX compatibility and support for SMB, NFS, and HTTP protocols, Red Hat Storage Server is readily supported by industry standard storage management and backup software.
  • High Availability
    Automatic replication ensures high levels of data protection and resiliency, if hardware fails. Self-healing capabilities restore data to the correct state following recovery.
  • Unified Global Namespace
    An unified global namespace aggregates disk and memory resources into a single common pool, simplifying management of the storage environment and eliminating data silos. Namespaces can be expanded or shrunk dynamically, with no interruption to client access.
  • Efficient Data Access
    Red Hat Storage Server provides fast and efficient random access, ensuring speedy data recovery when needed.