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Canonical and Inktank to Provide Full Support for Ceph with OpenStack

Canonical and Inktank today announced a collaboration to provide a fully integrated and supported implementation of Ceph storage technology with OpenStack on Ubuntu. While Ceph has been packaged as part of Ubuntu for some time, this new agreement enables Canonical customers who have purchased Ubuntu Advantage Cloud Infrastructure to get commercial-grade production support for both OpenStack and Ceph from Canonical. Ubuntu Advantage subscribers will also get Ceph support backed by Inktank as part of their subscription.

"We are working with many OpenStack users who are looking for comprehensive, sophisticated, and cost effective storage solution options," said Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu and Canonical. "Ceph is fast becoming the favoured choice for next-generation storage solutions with OpenStack because it is the only software-defined storage software that provides both object and block storage fully integrated with OpenStack. This partnership with Inktank enables Canonical to provide support for the leading cloud and storage technologies to our customers as a single, integrated solution."

Ceph will be delivered alongside OpenStack releases via package archives and will be installed and managed using Juju, Canonical's innovative service orchestration and deployment tool. Adding Ceph to an existing OpenStack cloud is made simple using the Juju GUI or command line interfaces.

"The cloud demands Software Defined Storage. This is being proven out every day by the accelerating demand for Ceph object and block storage for OpenStack on Ubuntu," said Bryan Bogensberger, CEO of Inktank. "By extending the existing partnership between Inktank and Canonical to offering formalized products as part of Ubuntu Advantage, customers gain the peace of mind that they can get proven, world-class support for their entire cloud stack from Canonical, fully backed by Inktank."

The integration and support is focused on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with Ceph. As both OpenStack and Ceph are developing very fast, the integrations will be updated with each release and delivered in the same way that Ubuntu Cloud Archive new releases are made available in special archives for Ubuntu 12.04.  Each release of OpenStack and Ceph will be supported in accordance with current Ubuntu Advantage support policies: 18 months for interim releases and five years for LTS releases, which happen every other year. Ubuntu Advantage covers support of all the OpenStack components as well as the server operating system. The addition of Ceph to the components supported is of huge value to customers using Ceph with OpenStack.
Published Monday, June 03, 2013 6:23 PM by David Marshall
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