Administration and Deployment Guide

SUSE Enterprise Storage is an extension to SUSE Linux Enterprise. It combines the capabilities from the Ceph ( storage project with the enterprise engineering and support of SUSE. SUSE Enterprise Storage provides IT organizations with the ability to deploy a distributed storage architecture that can support a number of use cases using commodity hardware platforms.

This guide helps you understand the concept of the SUSE Enterprise Storage with the main focus on managing and administrating the Ceph infrastructure. It also demonstrates how to use Ceph with other related solutions, such as OpenStack or KVM.

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Administration and Deployment Guide

Guides you through Ceph installation steps and cluster management tasks, including description of basic Ceph cluster structure and related terminology. The guide also introduces steps to integrate Ceph with virtualization solutions such as libvirt, Xen, or KVM, and ways to access objects stored in the cluster via iSCSI and RADOS gateways.

The Best Practice chapter (see Section 25.0, Introduction) includes selected practical topics sorted by categories, so that you can easily find a solution or more information to a specific problem.

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