Enabling Software Defined Storage as a Service with OpenStack and Ceph


Data storage growth is both a reality and a burden for today’s enterprises.

With the move to digital, big data and, data intensive workloads, enterprises are storing an increasing amount of data, growing 30-40 percent per year, according to Vanson Bourne LTD. Much of this growth comes from applications running on cloud platforms such as OpenStack, and these applications have unique requirements that are difficult to meet using traditional storage solutions.


Source: Red Hat

In fact, the Vanson Bourne survey indicates that 70 percent of IT decision makers don’t believe their current storage solutions can handle these next generation workloads. The storage requirements for these new cloud-native applications often include:

Which brings us to the Ceph open source storage project. Ceph was developed by a community of engineers and researchers who needed a distributed object store and file system. Over time, block storage capabilities were added to Ceph which has helped it to become a primary storage option for OpenStack and a valuable software defined storage solution for enterprises.

To read more about Ceph 2 and how Rackspace is using it to enabled software defined storage as a service, please click here to go to my article on the Rackspace blog site.


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