Ceph provides a single, unified view of block, file and object storage. It is a technology grown out of university research projects in the 1990s, and it looks very different to what is typically happening in the enterprise today.
Instead of being built with proprietary SAN hardware using RAID arrays, the new Ceph storage architectures are built from the bottom up as a single architecture for block, file and object storage.
We decided to build our cloud storage platform using Ceph because there is no other solution that provides the architectural unification that Ceph does.
It offers significant advantages to users:
- A reliable and low-cost way of managing the increasing quantities of data with which organisations are now dealing
- A cost-effective and accessible storage solution
- A unified view of block, file and object storage
- True global namespaces are possible
- No more silos of information
- An enabler for big data analyses
- Ideal for virtualised and cloud infrastructures
- The changing way we access data – through applications rather than files – means data storage can be – and needs to be – reassessed.
Increasing ‘mean time to failure’ rates within large storage architectures means that we need to reconsider the way we consider failure, redundancy and backups. Using Ceph, redundancy is achieved through multiple point-in-time copies of the data, and recovery times are reduced.
In this way, Ceph neatly answers the emerging challenges we are all facing.
Thanks to the active, loyal community and commercial investment of companies such as InkTank (now part of RedHat) we can be confident in the future and continued development of the solution.