Deployment Guide

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 is an extension to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3. It combines the capabilities of the Ceph ( storage project with the enterprise engineering and support of SUSE. SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 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 5 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.

Many chapters in this manual contain links to additional documentation resources. These include additional documentation that is available on the system as well as documentation available on the Internet.

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Available Documentation

The following manuals are available for this product:

Administration Guide, (↑Administration Guide)

The guide describes various administration tasks that are typically performed after the installation. 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.

Deployment Guide

Guides you through the installation steps of the Ceph cluster and all services related to Ceph. The guide also illustrates a basic Ceph cluster structure and provides you with related terminology.

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Documentation Conventions

The following typographical conventions are used in this manual:

  • /etc/passwd: directory names and file names

  • placeholder: replace placeholder with the actual value

  • PATH: the environment variable PATH

  • ls, --help: commands, options, and parameters

  • user: users or groups

  • Alt, Alt+F1: a key to press or a key combination; keys are shown in uppercase as on a keyboard

  • File, File > Save As: menu items, buttons

  • Dancing Penguins (Chapter Penguins, ↑Another Manual): This is a reference to a chapter in another manual.

About the Making of This Manual

This book is written in GeekoDoc, a subset of DocBook (see The XML source files were validated by xmllint, processed by xsltproc, and converted into XSL-FO using a customized version of Norman Walsh's stylesheets. The final PDF can be formatted through FOP from Apache or through XEP from RenderX. The authoring and publishing tools used to produce this manual are available in the package daps. The DocBook Authoring and Publishing Suite (DAPS) is developed as open source software. For more information, see

Ceph Contributors

The Ceph project and its documentation is a result of hundreds of contributors and organizations. See for more details.