What a difference a couple of years can make. Only five years ago, Ceph was on just a small group’s radar. Today, however, it is the software to watch when it comes to software-defined storage and hyperscale environments.
Ceph is a free object storage-based software storage platform. A fully clustered scalable solution, it is making a major mark in the open source community, because it delivers object and block storage in one self-managing, self-healing platform with no single point of failure. This is a major departure from legacy deployments and it provides a single solution for the cloud.
One of the Ceph platform’s biggest strengths is that it can be implemented in a diverse range of storage systems with a wide variety of I/O requirements. Given its flexibility, Ceph users often request simple, optimized cluster configurations for their different workload types; finding a balance between performance and economics is a key objective to a successful Ceph configuration.
Since Red Hat took control of Ceph through its acquisition of Inktank in 2014, Red Hat and Seagate have been developing innovative ways not only to optimize the performance of Ceph, but also to help enterprise users achieve their cost goals. Together with Seagate’s advanced work in shingled magnetic recording (SMR) HDD, flash and caching software, Red Hat Ceph Storage delivers an enhanced cloud deployment that provides high performance with a low dollar-to-GB ratio.
I am happy to be a contributor to this innovative solution and to have had the opportunity to share these results at various Red Hats Storage Days events. I hope you enjoy this recorded session from this event and look forward to sharing more results in the months to come.