Enterprise-grade Linux vendor Suse has unveiled a software-defined storage offering based on the open source Ceph software project, available as an option with Suse's OpenStack Cloud or as a standalone storage platform.
Available now, Suse Enterprise Storage is described as a self-managing, self-healing, distributed, software-based storage solution for enterprise customers.
It is based on the Ceph software layered over Suse Linux Enterprise Server, and designed to run on clusters of commodity x86 server hardware and disk drives.
Suse is claiming to deliver low operating costs for customers choosing Suse Enterprise Storage, with costs pegged at $0.01 per gigabyte per month, according to the firm.
This is intended to help organisations cost-effectively cope with the ever-expanding volumes of data they have to retain, which is claimed to be doubling every two years.
"This data growth has created a critical need for reliable yet affordable storage beyond the traditional, expensive proprietary solutions we're used to," said Suse president and general manager Nils Brauckmann.
Suse Enterprise Storage offers a software-based storage alternative that delivers functionality comparable to mid- and high-end storage products but at a fraction of the cost, Brauckmann claimed.
Based on the Firefly version of the Ceph open source project, Suse Enterprise Storage is said to be well suited for object, archival and bulk storage, with enterprise-grade features such as cache tiering, thin provisioning, copy-on-write cloning and erasure coding.
The Ceph platform is also used by rival Linux producer Red Hat, which last year acquired the developer of Ceph, Inktank, and delivered its own Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2 storage software.
Software-based storage solutions such as these are finding favour among organisations building out cloud-based infrastructure, as they offer greater flexibility and can do away with the need for traditional storage area networks based on dedicated storage arrays.
This week, IBM also announced its own software-defined storage platform, Spectrum Accelerate, based on the technology in its high-end XIV storage systems.
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