SOURCE: Inktank


July 10, 2012 09:00 ET

Inktank Announces Ceph Argonaut Release

'Argonaut' Is the First Release of the Ceph Open Source Distributed Storage Platform to Offer Long-Term Support, Creating a Stable Platform for Innovation and Adoption

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 10, 2012) - Inktank, the only company to provide enterprise-level support for the Ceph open source distributed storage system, today announced the release of Argonaut -- the first release of Ceph to offer long-term support. Argonaut will receive ongoing bug fixes and stability improvements while the Ceph project continues its work on new features for subsequent releases.

Ceph is a self-managing, highly scalable, open source distributed storage system that uniquely delivers object storage, block storage, and POSIX-compatible file storage in a single, unified platform that runs on commodity hardware. The Ceph project continues to grow and evolve, backed by a worldwide community of developers and the team at Inktank.

As the adoption of Ceph increases -- and it becomes integrated with a growing number of cloud platforms and distributions -- the technology requires a steady, slower-paced alternative to the project's vigorous innovation cycle. By focusing on stability instead of cutting-edge innovation and technological growth, the Argonaut release provides a stable platform for integration and deployment of the Ceph storage system.

"Ceph is the single most advanced and powerful storage platform available today, but innovation is still occurring at a very fast rate," said Bryan Bogensberger, President and COO of Inktank. "The Argonaut release is a milestone for Ceph because it allows enterprises, developers, and integrators to approach Ceph with confidence, knowing that they aren't dealing with a moving target. Inktank is proud to support this version of Ceph and excited to see the project continue its rapid growth."

Founded by the developers behind Ceph, Inktank is the world's only company to provide enterprise-grade consulting and support services around Ceph. By leveraging the Inktank team's expertise, enterprises can quickly modernize their storage capabilities and lower IT infrastructure costs with Ceph's free, robust, easy-to-administer, and easy-to-scale system.

To learn more about Inktank's consulting and support services around Ceph, please visit

About Inktank
Inktank is the company behind Ceph -- the massively scalable, open source, distributed storage system. Launched by some of the leading developers of Ceph, Inktank's mission is to help organizations fully leverage the transformative power of Ceph to decrease storage costs, increase operational flexibility and free themselves from restrictive and expensive proprietary storage systems. Inktank provides best-in-class professional services and support offerings to enterprises, service providers, and cloud platforms. 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 integrated with the OpenStack cloud operating system. 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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