VANCOUVER: Ubuntu Linux firm Canonical is pitching enterprise customers a new twist on IT-as-a-service, offering a portfolio of software-defined storage products that users pay for on a metered basis, rather than the size of the disks or the number of server nodes required to operate it.
Announced at the OpenStack Summit and available immediately, the Ubuntu Advantage Storage products enable organisations to deploy scale-out storage pools using their own server hardware infrastructure, with metered support plans based on the amount of data actually written to the storage pool.
The portfolio gives customers the choice of a storage pool based on the open-source Ceph platform; the Swift object storage module from OpenStack; the SwiftStack object storage system also built on Swift; or NexentaEdge, a new platform from software-defined storage firm Nexenta.
What all four have in common is that Canonical is packaging them with its Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server software and offering to be the first line of technical support for customers deploying any of the Ubuntu Advantage Storage portfolio.
The metered pricing is intended to let organisations take advantage of cloud-style economics to deal with the growing volume of data they are expected to store and retain, providing a lower cost alternative to traditional storage architectures. Canonical claimed that pricing for Ubuntu Advantage Storage starts at just $0.022 per GB per month.
While storage solutions are typically priced on a per-node basis or by the total disk capacity deployed, the pay-as-you-go pricing of Ubuntu Advantage Storage means there is no duplication of costs for replicas, and customers do not pay for unused disk space.
"As unstructured data fills disks and data retention policies lengthen, every organisation must grow their storage infrastructure. Organisations facing the imperative to scale need cloud-style economics in the pricing of software and services, and that's what the Ubuntu Advantage Storage service offers," said Canonical chief executive Jane Silber (pictured).
All of the Ubuntu Advantage Storage portfolio is being offered with 24x7 support from Canonical, and include reference architectures running on top of Ubuntu Linux, plus deployment tools such as Juju, Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS), Landscape and Autopilot.
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