Although dollars per gigabyte ($/GB) of storage are declining an average of 25 percent each year, flat IT budgets can’t keep up with the estimated 40 percent annual growth in data. It’s clear that IT needs to look for more economical ways to store their data.
Software-defined storage is the solution. Software-defined storage separates the physical storage hardware (data plane) from the data storage management logic or “intelligence” (control plane). And it requires no proprietary hardware components, so IT can use off-the-shelf, low-cost commodity hardware.
Ceph is the most popular OpenStack software-defined storage solution on the market today. It is extensively scalable from a storage appliance to a cost-effective cloud solution. It also provides industry-leading storage functionality such as Unified Block and Object, Thin Provisioning, Erasure Coding, and Cache Tiering. What's more, it is self-healing and self-managing.
Just as important, because you can use Ceph with whatever commodity x86 hardware you choose, you can avoid being locked into proprietary platforms and their added costs.