SUSE Enterprise Storage is an intelligent software-defined storage solution, powered by Ceph technology, that 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 SUSE
Enterprise Storage base configuration consists of: 4 SUSE Enterprise Storage Nodes (1-2 sockets), up to 6 SUSE Enterprise
Storage infrastructure nodes and limited use of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
SUSE Enterprise Storage Expansion Nodes allow the SUSE Enterprise Storage base configuration to be scaled out to meet
performance and capacity requirements. A SUSE Enterprise Storage Expansion Node is made up of two components; SUSE Enterprise
Storage (1-2 Sockets) node and SUSE Enterprise Storage Infrastructure node, both with Priority Subscription for SUSE Linux