Key Features

Unlimited scalability with a distributed storage cluster designed to scale to thousands of nodes and multi-hundred petabyte environments and beyond to meet your growing data requirements.

A single truly unified software-defined storage cluster that provides applications with object, block and file system storage providing ubiquitous and universal access to your legacy and modern applications and automated durability of your data with high availability and disaster recovery options.

Utilize commodity off-the-shelf hardware that is at minimum 30 percent less expensive than average capacity optimized solutions to drive significant CAPEX savings

Highly redundant storage infrastructure design maximizes application availability with no single points of failure.

Self-healing capabilities minimize storage administration involvement and optimize data placement, enabling rapid reconstruction of redundancy, maximizing system resiliency and availability.

Automated re-balancing optimized data placement with an easy to manage intelligent solution that continuously monitors data utilization and infrastructure without any manual intervention, and easily moves data between your data center and the cloud all without growing IT staff.

Reference Architecture:


Included with the solution are the following supported protocols:

  • Traditional Protocols
    • iSCSI
    • NFS
    • CIFS/SMB
    • S3
  • Native Protocols
    • RBD (Block)
    • RADOS (Object)
    • CephFS (With multiple active MDS Servers)
    • Swift

Partner reference architectures can be found here

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Tech Specs

Minimum Cluster Configuration

  • Four Object Storage Nodes
    • 10 GB Ethernet (four interfaces)
    • 32 OSDs per storage cluster
    • Dedicated OS disk for each Object Storage Node
    • Total RAM required = OSD count times (1 GB + OSD memory target [default 4 GB]) + 16 GB
    • Ceph Monitors, gateway and Metadata Servers can reside on Object Storage Nodes if additional CPU & RAM requirements are accommodated
  • Three Ceph Monitor nodes (requires SSD for dedicated OS drive)
  • Object Gateways and Metadata Servers nodes require redundant deployment
  • iSCSI Gateways, Object Gateways and Metadata Servers require minimum incremental 4 GB RAM and four cores
  • Separate management node with 4 GB RAM, four cores, 1 TB HDD capacity

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Minimal recommendations per storage node:

  • Total RAM required = OSD count times (1 GB + OSD memory target [default 4 GB]) + 16 GB
  • CPU recommendations
    • 1x 2GHz CPU Thread per spinner
    • 2x 2GHz CPU Thread per SSD
    • 4x 2GHz CPU Thread per NVMe
  • Separate 10 GbE networks (public/client and backend)
    • Required 4x 10 GbE, recommended 2x 25 GbE
  • OSD disks should be exclusively used by SUSE Enterprise Storage
  • Dedicated disk/SSD for the operating system, preferably in a RAID 1 configuration
  • Additional 4 GB of RAM if cache tiering is used

Minimal recommendations for monitor nodes:

  • 3 SUSE Enterprise Storage monitor nodes are required
  • 2 GB of RAM per monitor node, add 2 GB for a manager node running Ceph Dashboard
    • Recommended 8 GB RAM per monitor with manger + OS
  • SSD in a RAID 1 configuration
  • Monitor nodes should be bare metal, not virtualized, for performance reasons
  • Mixing OSDs or monitor nodes with the other workload is not supported
  • Configurations may vary from, and frequently exceed, these recommendations depending on individual sizing and performance needs
  • Bonded network interfaces for redundancy

Success Stories

University of Maine System

  • Accelerated file access for deep learning by a factor of ten
  • Decreased time spent on storage administration
  • Enabled scalability to add new storage capacity and nodes without disruption


  • Optimizes use of storage capacity, reducing the need for significant CAPEX investment
  • Increases performance and strengthens business continuity
  • Automates workload allocation, enabling IT staff to dedicate more time to value-add tasks

Swinburne University of Technology

  • Offers a powerful, flexible storage platform to support cutting-edge scientific research
  • Delivers on-premises storage at approximately half the cost of an equivalent public cloud service
  • Extreme scalability makes it easy for Swinburne to keep pace with rising volumes of research data


  • Gained low-cost, enterprise-class mass-storage capabilities
  • Ensured non-disruptive scalability for mission-critical client environments
  • Reused existing commodity hardware to keep costs low

Orchard Park Police Department

  • Maintains network performance of 400-500 IOPS
  • Supports body cameras and critical surveillance tools
  • Provides the ability to retain video data for legal purposes
  • University of Maine System
  • Experian
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • IRIS
  • Orchard Park Police Department

SUSE Enterprise Storage reviews from your enterprise peers – verified by Gartner.

"First in class Ceph feature-rich product with great automation, fast support (bug fixing, feature implementation, ...). SUSE provides us with a supreme support for our installations including consulting on architectural topics, hardware selection, network and implementation."

"Easy deployment, lots of options afterwards, always helpful support. SES allows us to exactly offer/configure what is needed."

"SUSE Enterprise Storage, a software solution that gives us the possibility of transforming our storage infrastructure to store large amounts of information and that its management is easy to use."

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