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Inktank Ceph Enterprise Is Ready for Business

Inktank, the company delivering Ceph - the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system - today announced Inktank Ceph Enterprise.  Building on Ceph's open-source heritage, Inktank Ceph Enterprise is a subscription offering that combines the most stable version of Ceph for object and block storage with a new graphical manager and a suite of support services.

Whether used in a green-field cloud deployment or as a replacement for traditional storage solutions, Inktank Ceph Enterprise allows organizations to effectively manage their rapidly growing data. By offering a modern, web-scale storage technology with advanced tools and long-term support from a commercial vendor, businesses can now benefit from radical improvements in the economics of data storage.

Delivered in a single, easy to buy package, Inktank are bringing one of the most revolutionary storage technologies to the enterprise market for the first time.  Inktank Ceph Enterprise offers everything necessary to confidently run a production Ceph storage cluster at scale, including: 
  • Open Source Ceph (v0.67) - unified, scale-out object and block storage with enterprise-grade features like copy-on-write, snapshots, multi-site operation and S3 and Swift API compatibility.
  • New "Calamari" Graphical Manager - an on-premise application with management tools and performance data that simplifies operational management and enables administrators to adapt to changes in their Ceph clusters.
  • Support Services - a complete set of SLA-backed services from Inktank, including technical support, hot fixes, bug prioritization and roadmap input.

"Inktank Ceph Enterprise is an important development that should help enterprise customers evolve their Ceph deployments, be they public, private or hybrid cloud environments," said Simon Robinson, Research Vice President at analyst firm 451 Research. "Having the backing of Ceph experts behind their Ceph deployments should help customers as they look to improve business continuity service levels, drive greater agility and improve operational efficiency across their cloud estate."

Inktank Ceph Enterprise helps organizations become more:

  • Cost efficient - Organizations can realize significant cost savings over legacy systems by using commodity hardware and reduce operational costs by consolidating storage infrastructure and using modern management tools.
  • Cloud-Ready - Inktank Ceph Enterprise is fully integrated with OpenStack, Apache CloudStack, and common hypervisors.
  • Future-proofed - Because Inktank Ceph Enterprise is not priced based on use case or hardware configuration, enterprises can start with block storage and grow into object storage or vice versa.
  • Fully supported - Ceph's core developers, expert practitioners in scale-out storage deployment, provide Long Term Support (LTS) for Inktank Ceph Enterprise and ensure rapid issue triage.
Inktank Ceph Enterprise is supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4, CentOS 6.3, CentOS 6.4, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and is priced based on the amount of storage deployed.

"The launch of Inktank Ceph Enterprise makes Ceph a viable, sustainable storage platform within the enterprise", said Bryan Bogensberger, CEO of Inktank. "Inktank customers now have the tools, code and peace of mind required to get serious about replacing expensive, proprietary legacy storage hardware and satisfying their emerging cloud and big data storage needs with the transformative Ceph distributed storage system.

Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:55 PM by David Marshall
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