SUSE and it-novum Collaborate to Enhance Storage Management in Ceph

February 11, 2016

openATTIC from it-novum to be available as management front end for future SUSE Enterprise Storage


SUSE® and it-novum today announced an agreement to collaborate on the development of additional Ceph management functionality for openATTIC, which will make deploying enterprise storage solutions easier. openATTIC, an open source software-defined storage management platform sponsored by it novum, will be made available as the management front end for future releases of SUSE Enterprise Storage.

Powered by Ceph, SUSE Enterprise Storage is a self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. The collaboration between it-novum and SUSE will bring centralized management of file, block and object storage via openATTIC's single graphical user interface to future releases of SUSE Enterprise Storage.

"Simplifying enterprise storage has been one of our primary goals with SUSE Enterprise Storage," said Michael Miller, president of strategy, alliances and marketing for SUSE. "This productive new collaboration with it-novum allows us to provide openATTIC-managed SUSE Enterprise Storage, bringing even greater cost efficiencies and simplicity to enterprise software-defined storage."

Michael Kienle, CEO of it-novum, said, "SUSE is renowned for their solid engineering and commitment to open source technologies throughout the industry. With openATTIC, we aim to provide a management GUI for users to manage storage and Ceph in an intuitive way. We are excited to work with SUSE to bring openATTIC's Ceph management capabilities to the customer, providing a viable alternative to traditional storage management solutions."

openATTIC is an open source storage management system for Linux-based appliances. Currently under development, version 2.0 of openATTIC will provide the configuration, management and monitoring of storage resources via a wide range of file and block storage protocols, including NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, FibreChannel as well as the Ceph distributed storage system. openATTIC is based on well-established open source technologies and provides a RESTful API for automation/integration and an intuitive web-based interface making it a powerful storage management solution (including Ceph).

"The potential for open source-based approaches, such as SUSE Enterprise Storage, to disrupt the status quo in storage remains significant," said Simon Robinson, research vice president for Storage at 451 Research. "By promising to simplify the overall Ceph storage management experience, this collaboration between SUSE and it-novum brings this potential one step closer to reality."

SUSE Enterprise Storage is available as an option with SUSE OpenStack Cloud or as a stand-alone storage solution. For more information, visit More information about openATTIC can be found at And a recorded discussion of this collaboration is available at

About it-novum
it-novum GmbH with its headquarters in Fulda and branch offices in Berlin and Vienna is the leading Business Open Source specialist and founder of the storage management project openATTIC and the system management project openITCOCKPIT. openATTIC is an open solution for managing storage resources and has been designed for the deployment in cloud systems, such as OpenStack. openITCOCKPIT is based either on Nagios, Naemon or Icinga and has become a monitoring standard in many large and medium-sized enterprises. it-novum is a pioneer when it comes to open source solutions in the areas of business-related and business-critical applications. As a certified Business Partner of SAP and partner of a number of open source projects, it-novum's approach is to provide the integration of closed and open source business applications at an enterprise level. it-novum very successfully offers open source-based solutions in areas such as service management (help desk and ticketing systems based on OTRS and i-doit), content and document management (portals, collaboration, detection and control of content based on Alfresco and Liferay ) and business intelligence (reporting, analysis, data integration based on Pentaho and Jedox Palo, Hadoop). it-novum is a daughter of KAP AG (sales 2014: €387.5 million). Founded in 2001, it-novum was the former IT department of KAP AG and now operates with 75 employees from its offices in Fulda, Berlin and Vienna. Another subsidiary in Zurich opens in spring 2016. More info at

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