SOURCE: Inktank


October 30, 2013 09:00 ET

Inktank Ceph Enterprise Is Ready for Business

The Market's First Enterprise-Grade, Dedicated Ceph Product for Traditional and Modern Storage Needs

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2013) - Inktank, the company delivering Ceph -- the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system -- today announced Inktank Ceph Enterprise. Building on Ceph's open-source heritage, Inktank Ceph Enterprise is a subscription offering that combines the most stable version of Ceph for object and block storage with a new graphical manager and a suite of support services.

Whether used in a green-field cloud deployment or as a replacement for traditional storage solutions, Inktank Ceph Enterprise allows organizations to effectively manage their rapidly growing data. By offering a modern, web-scale storage technology with advanced tools and long-term support from a commercial vendor, businesses can now benefit from radical improvements in the economics of data storage.

Delivered in a single, easy to buy package, Inktank are bringing one of the most revolutionary storage technologies to the enterprise market for the first time. Inktank Ceph Enterprise offers everything necessary to confidently run a production Ceph storage cluster at scale, including:

Open Source Ceph (v0.67) - unified, scale-out object and block storage with enterprise-grade features like copy-on-write, snapshots, multi-site operation and S3 and Swift API compatibility.
New "Calamari" Graphical Manager - an on-premise application with management tools and performance data that simplifies operational management and enables administrators to adapt to changes in their Ceph clusters.
Support Services - a complete set of SLA-backed services from Inktank, including technical support, hot fixes, bug prioritization and roadmap input.

"Inktank Ceph Enterprise is an important development that should help enterprise customers evolve their Ceph deployments, be they public, private or hybrid cloud environments," said Simon Robinson, Research Vice President at analyst firm 451 Research. "Having the backing of Ceph experts behind their Ceph deployments should help customers as they look to improve business continuity service levels, drive greater agility and improve operational efficiency across their cloud estate."

Inktank Ceph Enterprise helps organizations become more:

Cost efficient - Organizations can realize significant cost savings over legacy systems by using commodity hardware and reduce operational costs by consolidating storage infrastructure and using modern management tools.
Cloud-Ready - Inktank Ceph Enterprise is fully integrated with OpenStack, Apache CloudStack, and common hypervisors.
Future-proofed - Because Inktank Ceph Enterprise is not priced based on use case or hardware configuration, enterprises can start with block storage and grow into object storage or vice versa.
Fully supported - Ceph's core developers, expert practitioners in scale-out storage deployment, provide Long Term Support (LTS) for Inktank Ceph Enterprise and ensure rapid issue triage.

Inktank Ceph Enterprise is supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4, CentOS 6.3, CentOS 6.4, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and is priced based on the amount of storage deployed.

"The launch of Inktank Ceph Enterprise makes Ceph a viable, sustainable storage platform within the enterprise," said Bryan Bogensberger, CEO of Inktank. "Inktank customers now have the tools, code and peace of mind required to get serious about replacing expensive, proprietary legacy storage hardware and satisfying their emerging cloud and big data storage needs with the transformative Ceph distributed storage system.

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About Inktank 

Inktank is the company delivering Ceph -- the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system. Launched by some of Ceph's leading developers, Inktank is dedicated to helping enterprises fully leverage the transformative power of Ceph to decrease storage costs, increase operational flexibility, and break free of 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, or follow us on Twitter at @inktank.

About Ceph

Ceph, The Future of Storage™, is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware. Ceph has been developed from the ground up to deliver object, block, and file system storage in one software platform that is self-managing and self-healing and has no single point of failure. Consuming Ceph storage is easy, because it is in the mainline Linux kernel and has many userland implementations. In addition to the Linux kernel, Ceph can be accessed via Hadoop, Samba, and FUSE; via the S3 and Swift APIs; and via the OpenStack™ and Apache CloudStack cloud operating systems. Because of its open source, scalable, software-defined storage architecture, Ceph is an ideal replacement for legacy storage systems and object and block storage for cloud computing environments.

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