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Storage: SUSE Storage Beta: SUSE Enters the SDS Arena

Storage: SUSE Storage Beta: SUSE Enters the SDS Arena
David Davis, VCP, VCAP-DCA

SUSE has thrown their hat into the Software Defined Storage (SFD) ring with the announcement of SUSE Storage. SUSE Storage is based on the Firefly release of Ceph, and currently in Beta.

The Power of Ceph

Ceph is an open source storage environment that is designed to run on commodity hardware. One uniqe aspect of Ceph is the ability it has to provide object, file, or block storage from a single platform. It is distributed across a cluster in order to provide features such as reliability and scalability. At the heart of Ceph is RADOS, the reliable autonomic distributed object store. One interesting aspect of Ceph is that the file storage runs on top the same object storage system that also provides S3 and Swift compatibility. The block storage aspect of Ceph also integrates with KVM in order provide storage to virtual machines. More information on Ceph can be found on the project’s website.

SUSE’s SDS Play

SUSE Software-Based storage leverages the powerful features of Ceph with an enterprise flair. Although it is currently in Beta, SUSE Storage aims to bring SUSE customers unified block, file, and object storage and integrate into OpenStack and SUSE Cloud, allowing customers to quickly adapt to their changing business and storage needs. SUSE Storage also seeks to bring the lowest cost of ownership possible to it customers, by reducing CAPEX and OPEX expenditures by moving to a commodity based hardware platform with the power of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Beneath it. SUSE Storage will also be self-healing and self-managing to continue to contribute to OPEX savings.

SUSE Storage is currently in Beta, and is expected to be available in the first half of calendar year 2015. Organizations are encouraged to contact their SUSE sales representatives to take part in the Beta, and the press release can be found here.

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