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@RedHat launches storage delivered via #containers and predicts a future in which costly and inflexible #storagehardware and pricey #hypervisors will be a thing of the past The #traditionalstorage array will become a thing of the past – and so will the virtual machine and hypervisor. Costly and cumbersome and lacking the flexibility to support the unpredictable and “bursty” requirement of applications in the cloud era, they will be replaced by containers.

That is the view of Red Hat, which earlier this month launched Container-Native Storage 3.6 for Red Hat #OpenShift Container Platform 3.6, its distribution of the @Kubernetes container #orchestration software.

In Openshift Container Platform, customers can deploy applications via container, rapidly scaling instances according to workload requirements.

Container-Native Storage allows storage for container-based apps to be spun up, run and be decommissioned as required to support those applications and can run on-premise or in the cloud and with service levels set by policy.

New features in Container-Native Storage include the addition of support for block (via iSCSI) and object storage.

Containers – such as Docker – are emerging as an alternative to server virtualisation. They are effectively a form of software-defined server/storage and offer a form of virtualisation, but more lightweight, that runs directly on the operating system.

Containers lack the hypervisor layer, and also the often-duplicated data in virtual machine images.

Containers excel where the rapid scaling of web serving requests is met by the creation, use and dying out of many containers managed by an automated orchestration platform.

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