SUSE Enterprise Storage 5

Affordable data storage without expensive proprietary hardware

For enterprise-level businesses, the demand for additional data storage is growing too fast for traditional storage options to continue to be an affordable solution. Continuing down this path means you'll be forced to increase your budget dramatically in order to keep up with your data needs.

However, there is another answer—SUSE Enterprise Storage. This intelligent software-defined storage solution, powered by Ceph technology, enables you to transform your enterprise storage infrastructure and reduce costs while providing unlimited scalability. The result is an affordable and easy-to-manage enterprise storage solution.

Benefits of SUSE Enterprise Storage:
  • Reduce Cost
  • Simplify Management
  • Adapt Quickly
  • Scale Easily
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Version 5

System Requirements

Minimal recommendations per storage node:
  • 3 GB of RAM per Object Storage Device (OSD)
  • 1.5 GHz of a CPU core per OSD
  • Separate 10 GbE networks (public/client and backend)
  • OSD disks in JBOD configurations or local RAID to end with RAID 0
  • 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 recommended
  • 8 GB of RAM per monitor node
  • SSD or fast HDD in a RAID 1 configuration
  • On installations with fewer than seven OSD nodes, the monitors can be hosted on the OSD nodes with additional RAM and CPU
  • Monitor nodes should be bare metal, not virtualized, for performance reasons
  • Mixing OSDs or monitor nodes with the actual 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

What is SUSE Enterprise Storage?

SUSE Enterprise Storage is an intelligent software-defined storage management solution, powered by Ceph technology, that enables IT to transform their enterprise storage infrastructure to seamlessly adapt to changing business and data demands by delivering cost-efficient, highly scalable and resilient storage using commodity off-the-shelf servers and disk drives.

What are the benefits of CephFS?

The Ceph file system provides numerous benefits:

  • It provides stronger data safety for mission-critical applications.
  • It provides virtually unlimited storage to file systems. Ideal for “Large Data” file storage.
  • Applications that use file systems can use CephFS with POSIX semantics. No integration or customization is required.
  • Ceph automatically balances the file system to deliver maximum performance.

Why base SUSE Enterprise Storage on Ceph?

Ceph is the most popular OpenStack distributed storage solution. It is extensively scalable from storage appliance to cost-effective cloud solution. As of the Jewel release, Ceph provides industry-leading storage functionality such as unified block, object and file storage, thin provisioning, erasure coding and cache tiering. It is self-healing and self-managing.

Does SUSE Enterprise Storage Support iSCSI?

Yes, support for the iSCSI storage protocol allows non-Enterprise Linux Servers (Linux, UNIX, Windows) to access block storage made available from the SUSE Enterprise Storage Cluster to provide a true heterogeneous solution.

How is SUSE Enterprise Storage different from Ceph?

SUSE Enterprise Storage customers will gain confidence that the enterprise storage solutions they deploy are tightly integrated with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. This has a long history of delivering leading data storage functionality to enterprise customers. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was first to provide a journaling file system with XFS, followed by first-to-market support for EXT3 and ReiserFS. It was also the first to support a clustered file system with OCFS2. And, most recently, it is the first to market with support for the scalable, copy-on-write, B-tree file system BtrFS. SUSE also has over 2 decades of experience delivering the data integrity enterprise customers demand.

What is in SUSE Enterprise Storage 5?

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5, based on the Ceph Luminous release, broadens the scope and use cases for the SUSE Software Defined Storage solution. BlueStore, a new native object storage backend increases performance by a factor of two or more, whilst a more pervasive support of erasure coding increases the efficiency of a fault tolerant solution. Efficiency is enhanced with compression capabilities.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 is the ideal solution for Compliance, Archive, Backup and Large Data. Customers can simplify and scale the storage of archive, backup and large data file applications without limitations. Large data applications include: video surveillance, CCTV, online presence and training, streaming media, X-rays, seismic processing, genomic mapping, CAD. Backup and archive applications include: Veritas NetBackup, Commvault, HPE Data Protector, and compliance solutions such as iTernity.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5: Faster, more efficient and simpler to manage

Release highlights include:

  • The ability to service environments that require higher levels of performance through the enablement of the new “BlueStore” native object storage backend for Ceph SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 offers up to double the write performance of previous releases, coupled with significant reductions in I/O latency.
  • The ability to free up capacity and reduce data footprint via BlueStore enabled Data Compression.
  • Increased disk space efficiency of a fault tolerant solution through enablement of Erasure coding for Replicated block devices and CephFS data.
  • Lowered operational cost with an expanded advanced graphical user interface for simplified management and improved cost efficiency, using the next generation openATTIC open source storage management system.
  • Simplified cluster management and orchestration through enhanced Salt integration.
  • Production support of the Network File System (NFS) Gateway exporting CephFS and enabling users on a client computer to access files over a computer network.
  • Production support for the Network File System (NFS) Gateway exporting the RADOS object gateway (RGW) and enabling legacy file applications that need a filesystem interface the ability to access cloud native Amazon S3 or Swift data.
  • Preview of Ceph’s ability to export a file system to CIFS/Samba for heterogeneous connectivity.

How does SUSE Enterprise Storage help you?

SUSE Enterprise Storage is a software-defined storage (SDS) solution that helps you deliver cost-efficient, highly scalable and resilient storage to the business. SDS is a paradigm shift from the traditional storage model where customers bought proprietary, expensive and purpose-built storage systems. Using SUSE Enterprise Storage, you are able to:

  • Modernize your data center using cost-efficient and open solutions to reduce costs.
  • Increase business agility with the capability to quickly add new storage without disruption, enabling IT to seamlessly adapt to changing business and data demand.
  • Reduce business risk with a highly redundant and resilient storage infrastructure designed with no single points of failure, reducing downtime and ensuring availability of business critical application data.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 truly unifies enterprise storage requirements with SUSE Enabling customers to run production workloads for Block, Object and File storage within a single cluster, further reducing capital and operation costs.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 includes openATTIC. What actually is it?

openATTIC is an open source storage management system for Linux-based appliances that had been tightly integrated with SUSE Enterprise Storage since version 4. openATTIC provides the configuration, management and monitoring of storage resources via a wide range of file and block storage protocols 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 solution for managing SUSE Enterprise Clusters and other storage resources.

What is CephFS and how does it work?

With CephFS, SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 provides a traditional file system interface with POSIX semantics. Object storage systems are a significant innovation, but they complement rather than replace traditional file systems. As storage requirements grow for legacy applications, organizations can configure their legacy applications to use the Ceph file system too! This means customers can run one storage cluster for object, block and file-based data storage.

Why SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 for Backup Target and “Large Data” File Storage?

Enterprise need a cost effective and scalable platform to store backup data and “large data” like video, graphics, audio and more, where traditional storage servers get consumed faster and cost more, and are unsuitable to handle 100s GB/TB size data well.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 is engineered to handle large data using an object storage foundation (RADOS) and cloud principles of distributed computing on inexpensive, commodity servers.

SUSE Enterprise Storage offers “Per node” pricing vs industry-norm “capacity based pricing” which means your customer’s costs stay low even as they store more data. SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 provides the ability to extend into block and file storage as needed.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 is ideally matched for backup target deployments supported by a number of backup and archive ISVs and for applications such as oil and gas seismic maps, medical (x-rays, mammography, CT, MRI, 3D ultrasound), video streaming, video surveillance, CAD/CAE, and much more.

Has the pricing for SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 changed?

No, pricing remains the same:

Base Configuration - $10000 (Priority Subscription)

SES and limited use of SLES to provide:

  • 4 SES storage OSD nodes (1-2 sockets)
  • 6 SES infrastructure nodes

Expansion Node - $2300 (Priority Subscription)

SES and limited use of SLES to provide:

  • 1 SES storage OSD node (1-2 sockets)
  • 1 SES infrastructure node

Are there any recommended minimum cluster configurations for SUSE Enterprise Storage 5?

Yes, we have minimum cluster configuration requirements for both trial/POC clusters and production clusters. Please review minimum configs for more details.

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Highly Scalable and Resilient

SUSE Enterprise Storage provides a single unified software-defined storage cluster that provides applications with object and block storage designed with unlimited scalability from terabytes to petabytes, with no single points of failure to maximize system resiliency and to maximize application availability following hardware failures.

Reduced IT Costs

Traditional storage solutions are expensive to scale in capacity and performance. SUSE Enterprise Storage uses commodity hardware to keep CAPEX costs down, helps reduce IT operational expense with a single tool for managing a storage cluster for your heterogeneous server environment, and helps optimize infrastructure without growing your IT staff by automatically rebalancing data placement without any manual intervention.

Seamlessly Adapt to Changing Business and Data

SUSE Enterprise Storage enables you to be highly responsive to emerging needs. It can automatically respond to changing demands with self-managed and self-healing storage that optimizes for system performance, enables you to easily provision and seamlessly deliver additional storage without disruption and provides maximum flexibility by using off-the-shelf commodity hardware that you can repurpose if business priorities change.

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