SOURCE: Inktank

May 07, 2013 09:00 ET

Inktank Announces Ceph Cuttlefish Release

Release Quickens On-Ramp to the Scalable, Open Source, Distributed Storage System

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - Inktank, the company delivering Ceph -- the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system, today announced the latest release, dubbed Cuttlefish. The Ceph Cuttlefish release focuses on Red Hat support, improved enterprise adoption through quicker installation, greater operational ease for administrators scaling their Ceph deployments, along with a number of new features.

Ceph is a self-managing, highly scalable, open source distributed storage system that uniquely delivers object, block, and file storage in a single system that runs on commodity hardware.

Significant for enterprise customers, Ceph packages are now available for Red Hat 6.3, with Inktank committed to offering commercial support for Ceph on this and future versions of the operating system.

The Cuttlefish release adds a fresh deployment tool, ceph-deploy, to enable new users to start running a multi-node Ceph cluster in minutes -- ideal for users looking to achieve quick proof of concepts for the storage system. Thanks to a new range of configuration management recipes compatible with popular tools like Chef, Puppet and Juju, getting started with Ceph has never been easier.

Ceph Cuttlefish also takes steps to make certain that administrators are able to scale their Ceph cluster for maximum capacity and operational ease. This is done by ensuring all the common administrative functions necessary for running an object storage service are available via a RESTful API; administrators can now create, delete or modify users and their access, as well as manipulate and audit users' bucket and object data using the API. This makes it simple to hook Ceph into provisioning or billing systems.

Other features also available in this release include incremental snapshots of block devices for efficient backups, at-rest encryption of data for secure disk disposal and quotas for storage pools to help with capacity planning.

"The Cuttlefish release is a testament to the cohesive involvement between the Ceph development team, Inktank's support staff, and the community of contributors at large," said Bryan Bogensberger, President and CEO of Inktank. "We've been excited to see a sharp increase in the number of commits from the community to make this release happen, both in terms of feature creation and bug squashing. Our goal with the Cuttlefish cycle is to make Ceph, already the only unified, open source storage system that enables block, object, and file storage, more accessible and easier to implement by more people."

To download the Cuttlefish release of Ceph, go to:

To learn more about this release, you can read the Ceph Cuttlefish Release Notes here:

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

About Ceph
Ceph, The Future of Storage™, is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware. Ceph is the first and only distributed storage solution designed to enable object, block, and filesystem storage in a single cluster with unlimited scalability. 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; Ceph can be accessed natively via programming languages; Ceph can be accessed via the Swift and S3 APIs; Ceph is integrated with the OpenStack™ cloud operating system; and Ceph is integrated with the Apache CloudStack project. As a result of its open source nature, this portable software-defined storage platform may be installed and used in public or private clouds. Please visit for more information.

About Inktank
Inktank is the company delivering Ceph -- the massively scalable, open source, software defined 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 help them 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.

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