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Red Hat in Google cloud Gluster chuck

Take that, Ubuntu

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Red Hat’s ramping up the pressure on Ubuntu by going deep on another cloud provider’s platform.

The Linux spinner’s Gluster Storage shared-nothing, file storage system is now available on Google’s cloud platform.

Red Hat hopes to boost its fortunes by making its Linux-based infrastructure code available as an option to those switching between data centre and cloud.

Putting Red Hat Gluster Storage on Google’s cloud should allow Red Hat customers to export Linux apps running on Linux servers in the data centre to the Google cloud with minimal change.

Google’s cloud already offers a small number of data storage architectures - Hadoop, Hbase and MySQL – with Google’s managed database Cloud SQL.

Red Hat Gluster Storage is a combination of the GlusterFS network file system, which aggregates storage on commodity hardware over Ethernet or Infiniband, and the Ceph-based Inktank Storage from the eponymously named company. Red Hat bought Gluster in 2011 and Inktank in 2014.

The presence of Gluster on Google’s cloud came barely 24 hours after Red Hatters learned they can now spin their beloved distro on Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

RHEL 6.7 and 7.2 instances are available in most Azure regions.

RHEL has been running on AWS since 2013, while certified SAP HANA on Amazon’s cloud was rolled out in January last year with official support.

Out of Amazon, Microsoft and Google, however, Google’s cloud is the weakling – lagging in features, support and customer uptake compared to the others.

Red Hat, meanwhile, was once a dominant presence in the pre-cloud world of service provider web hosting, thanks to the presence of CentOS and Fedora.

Since then, though, Red Hat’s server rival Ubnutu has surged on the cloud-server side.

Canonical claims Ubuntu – also on Google’s Cloud - runs 70 per cent of Docker images on AWS and 80 per cent of OpenStack.

Red Hat jumped on the Google cloud train in November 2013, joining as a certified partner. Since then it has hefted RHEL, Atomic Host and OpenShift onto Compute Engine and made Red Hat Cloud Access available in selected Red Hat subscriptions. ®

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