SOURCE: DreamHost


March 01, 2012 16:53 ET

451 Research Publishes Report Titled 'DreamHost Looks to Crush Cloud Storage Rivals With Ceph'

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 1, 2012) - DreamHost, principal sponsor of Ceph, the open-source, massively scalable distributed storage platform, was reviewed today by 451 Research, which published a report previewing the impact of the Ceph project on cloud computing.

The report, titled DreamHost looks to CRUSH cloud storage rivals with Ceph, is available for free at: Written by 451 analyst Henry Baltazar, the report draws several conclusions, including:

  • "Ceph's scale-out architecture and its ability to provide file, block and object storage should attract interest from service providers and enterprises looking to build out cloud storage services. The Ceph software has attracted a fairly large following, and DreamHost is now looking to forge partnerships with hardware vendors and Linux distributions."

  • "The growing success of Amazon's S3 and EBS cloud storage services is putting pressure on service providers and enterprises to build out their own offerings, and should drive more attention toward software packages such as Ceph. To date, few cloud storage platforms have emerged to rival Amazon S3 because of the cost, complexity and scale limitations with existing architectures. Though it's still very early on, the emergence of Ceph represents another potential alternative for service providers looking to build effective and profitable cloud-based storage services."

Baltazar is a Senior Analyst in the Enterprise Storage Research team at 451 Research, focusing on data protection and storage software technologies. Prior to joining 451 Research, he spent nearly nine years working as a technical analyst for eWeek Labs, where he covered storage, server hardware and network operating systems.

"We are pleased with the growing recognition within the technical community that Ceph is solving critical issues around massively scalable distributed storage," said Bryan Bogensberger, President and COO of Ceph Storage at DreamHost. Bogensberger will head a new company launching in Q1 2012 that will provide professional services and long-term support for Ceph.

In addition to today's report, attendees of the O'Reilly Strata Conference can see the creator of Ceph, Sage Weil, present on Thursday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m. PT. His presentation is titled 'Open-Source Ceph Storage - Scaling from Gigabytes to Exabytes with Intelligent Nodes.'

About DreamHost
DreamHost is a leading web hosting and cloud services provider with over 300,000 customers and 1.2 million domain names hosted worldwide. The company offers a wide spectrum of web hosting and cloud solutions, including traditional Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, and Domain Name Registration. DreamHost is the principal sponsor of the Ceph open-source distributed storage system. Please visit for more information.

About Ceph
Ceph is a massively scalable, open-source distributed storage system. It is comprised of an object store, block store, and a POSIX-compatible distributed file system. The platform is capable of auto-scaling to the exabyte level and beyond, it runs on commodity hardware, it is self-healing and self-managing, and has no single point of failure. Ceph is in the Linux kernel and is currently being integrated with the OpenStack cloud operating system. DreamHost is the principal sponsor of the open-source Ceph project. As a result of its open-source nature, this portable storage platform may be installed and used in public or private clouds. Please visit for more information.

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