Why a Software Approach to Enterprise Storage?
While a software-defined approach may be new to some, the logic within enterprise storage devices has always been written in software. It’s only been in the last few years that hardware has progressed enough so that enterprise storage software and hardware can now be separated. Software-defined storage isn’t a new concept, but the ability to separate the storage software from the storage hardware is the new value proposition.
Taking the right approach to software-defined storage should give you a highly scalable solution that radically reduces your storage costs both in terms of capital and operation expenditure. A solution that also has to be simple, robust, flexible, and deliver industry-leading functionality.
A storage cluster that provides unlimited scalability
Ceph technology is a software-defined storage solution based on the open source Ceph project and is designed as a distributed storage cluster to provide virtually unlimited scalability from terabytes to petabytes. A truly unified block, object and file solution, ideal for “Bulk,” “Large Data,” and “Active Archive” applications.
Ceph is self-managing and self-healing. Its intelligent algorithms store data in a highly distributed manner. It continuously monitors data utilization and re-balances data placement. This means it can optimize system performance without the need for teams of administrators to constantly monitor and manage the storage.
Keep with growth of storage while maintaining your budget
Traditional enterprise storage hardware, including SAN, NAS, and proprietary storage arrays, are expensive to purchase and even more costly to scale.
As a software-defined storage solution, SUSE Enterprise Storage is built on off-the-shelf commodity server and storage hardware, with all of the advanced functionality being provided by open source software. This means that initial capital expenditure (Capex) is greatly reduced, lowering the cost per GB of enterprise-class storage deployments by as much as 50% in some cases. The ongoing costs of owning, managing, scaling, and upgrading your storage over its lifetime are also lowered.
This makes it possible for you to keep up with the relentless growth of storage requirements while maintaining close control of your IT budgets.
Fast and easy access to data
While scalability and lower costs are important factors, fast and easy access to data is also critical to the modern business. This means that reliability and resilience are always vital factors in choosing a suitable storage solution. A software-defined storage solution should offer a highly redundant architecture to eliminate any single points of failure. It should provide replicated copies of data, remote replication, and erasure coding for advanced, robust data protection as well as more efficient recovery and faster rebuild times.
To us, SUSE has always been at the forefront of innovation, and their product offerings have always stood head and shoulders above the rest.
And now...self-healing, self-managing, distributed software-based enterprise storage. The enterprise needs it, and SUSE has it. This is a brilliant move by a company that should be on the radar of every enterprise business.
The major claim to fame for SUSE is taking open source technology and all of its relevant components and making it available to its customers in an easy-to-install, easy-to-use, supported way.