Chapter 2. Key Features

The primary value and purpose of Red Hat Storage Console 2.0 is to enable graphical management of Red Hat Ceph Storage 2.0 by administrators who either need or prefer a graphical environment for installing, monitoring, managing, and alerting purposes. This results in lowering the total cost of ownership involved in the operation of Ceph software defined storage.

Red Hat Storage Console is run in the follwing ways:

  1. When installed using the yum utility on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2.
  2. A pre-built virtual machine, consumed as a qcow image. You can run the image on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, KVM, OpenStack, and other environments that supports the qcow2 format.

Red Hat Storage Console supports the installation of Red Hat Ceph Storage 2.0 in a completely graphical manner, as well as the import of existing (or upgraded) Ceph 2.0 clusters. Other important features include:

  • Provisioning of RADOS storage pools and RADOS block devices
  • Monitoring resources using the enterprise dashboard
  • Email alerts based on configurable thresholds
  • Integration with LDAP and Active Directory environments
  • Automatic cluster expansion occurs when new storage disks are added or when a new host is added to an existing cluster
  • Automatic Placement Group (PG) optimization in provisioning operations

Red Hat Storage Console allows the Ceph administrator to filter Object Storage Devices (OSDs) based on percentage utilization and other criterion so that the needed actions are easy to identify.