SUSE Enterprise Storage is an intelligent software-defined storage solution, powered by Ceph technology, which
enables you to transform your enterprise storage infrastructure to reduce costs while providing unlimited scalability.
By separating the physical storage hardware (data plane) from the data storage management logic or "intelligence"
(control plane), this solution has no proprietary hardware components required, allowing you to use low cost off-the-shelf
hardware. This can save you up to 50 percent over traditional enterprise storage arrays and appliances. SUSE Enterprise
Storage provides the data storage management logic. Independent hardware vendor (IHV) partners provide the physical
off-the-shelf storage hardware. Together, SUSE and its IHV partners deliver cost-efficient, scalable storage.
A SUSE Enterprise Storage installation consists of a starting base configuration with priority subscription. The base configuration consists of 4 Enterprise Storage Nodes (1-2 sockets), up to 6 Enterprise Storage infrastructure nodes, and limited use of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
SUSE Enterprise Storage Expansion Nodes allow the base configuration to be scaled out to meet performance and capacity requirements. An Expansion Node is made up of two components: an Enterprise Storage (1-2 Sockets) node and an Enterprise Storage Infrastructure node, both with a Priority Subscription for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.