In Red Hat’s own words:
Red Hat has recently announced that Stratis is the solution that is being groomed for the fast track to storage reign. However, storage systems must be tried and true to see any significant adoption. Filesystem design is daunting enough without adding in all the layers that Red Hat insists on addressing in a single solution. So, how do you design a storage solution that’s as reputable as the veterans and also combines everything you need in a short amount of time? You don’t, you can’t, and you’d be a fool for trying, which is why Red Hat is doing just the opposite.
Stratis is not a new filesystem. It’s not a new volume manager. Stratis does not encrypt disks, assemble RAID arrays, or any of the like (at least not directly). Stratis is essentially a framework and API designed to allow high-level control or storage resources without the (direct) use of the command line tools. This is done by leveraging the flexible modularity of pre-existing Linux storage stacks.
It’s always been clear that Red Hat’s goal is enterprise appeal, and this new solution has the potential to simplify storage management across different platforms and storage media. There’s probably not much direct benefit to the average user or even the average Linux admin, but this technology could pave way for much more adaptive storage infrastructure in the cloud and hosting companies, meaning you may very well see faster and higher quality services as a result.
Clearly, this project is out of the scope of the average admin’s resources, and very few people actually run RHEL in small businesses or home environments. So, will Red Hat’s decisions impact the future of Btrfs (or ZFS) significantly? Let us know what you think about Stratis, Btrfs, ZFS, and any other filesystem you think is worth talking about in the comments below.