SOURCE: Inktank


October 11, 2012 08:30 ET

Inktank Partners With Citrix to Support Ceph Distributed Storage in CloudPlatform

The Future of Storage™, Ceph to Be Integrated With Apache CloudStack 4.0

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2012) - Inktank, the only company to provide enterprise-level support for the Ceph Distributed Storage System, today announced that it has partnered with Citrix Systems, Inc. to provide support for Ceph as a key component of Citrix CloudPlatform. CloudPlatform is Citrix's commercially supported cloud orchestration system based on Apache CloudStack (incubating), a leading open-source cloud computing project into which Ceph has been integrated. The integration enables Ceph, a massively scalable distributed storage system with no single point of failure, to provide primary block storage for Apache CloudStack and Citrix CloudPlatform. 

Launching later this year, Apache CloudStack 4.0 will be the first Apache release of CloudStack to integrate Ceph's distributed storage platform to provide highly scalable and flexible virtual block storage for enterprises and developers. 

Ceph's unique architecture makes it massively scalable and, therefore, an ideal storage component for CloudStack and Citrix CloudPlatform, which provides virtually unlimited computing power for the world's largest cloud deployments. Ceph's block storage system has been seamlessly integrated into both CloudStack and CloudPlatform, empowering users with the freedom and flexibility of a cloud-agnostic, open platform that supports public, private, and hybrid clouds. Ceph delivers high compatibility and interoperability with most popular cloud standards, including Amazon and OpenStack, through Ceph's open API integration and support for both platforms.

"Enterprises moving mission-critical applications to the cloud need to know that the infrastructure is capable of near-infinite scaling to store massive data loads, and Ceph's powerful storage platform provides that functionality," said Peder Ulander, Vice President of Product Marketing, Cloud Platforms Group at Citrix Systems. "Citrix welcomes Ceph's inclusion into CloudStack and CloudPlatform, and we are pleased to partner with Inktank to provide enterprise support for Ceph storage for all of our CloudPlatform deployments."

Inktank also announced today that it has agreed to join the Apache Software Foundation as a bronze sponsor, further strengthening Inktank's and Ceph's commitment to the Apache CloudStack community. In addition, Inktank is one of the sponsors of the upcoming CloudStack Collaboration Conference in Las Vegas on November 30 to December 2. Inktank will be speaking at the conference on the technical architecture and capabilities of Ceph with Apache CloudStack. 

"Inktank and Ceph congratulate the Apache CloudStack team on building tremendous momentum and excitement around its cloud computing platform, and we are excited that the CloudStack community has chosen to integrate Ceph in their upcoming release," said Bryan Bogensberger, President and COO of Inktank. "We look forward to expanding collaboration between the Apache CloudStack and Ceph developer communities as we continue to solve the world's ever-growing cloud storage challenges."

"I developed the integration between Ceph and CloudStack so that we can all use the powerful features of Ceph in our own cloud environment. I've been using Ceph for almost 3 years now, and I was really missing these kinds of integrations. In the past 3 years Ceph has proven that it is going to change the way we think about storage," said Wido den Hollander, developer of the integration between Ceph and CloudStack. More details on the implementation can be found on Wido's blog: The implementation itself has been committed to the Apache CloudStack Git repository.

To learn more about Inktank's enterprise-level support for Ceph across CloudStack and CloudPlatform deployments, please visit To get involved with Ceph's worldwide open source developer community, please visit

About Inktank
Inktank is the company delivering 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 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.

About Ceph
Ceph, The Future of Storage™, 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; 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 storage platform may be installed and used in public or private clouds. Please visit for more information.

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