SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 Brings Ceph-Based Storage to Any OS

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software delivering interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions, has announced the general availability of SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 – the latest version of its self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers.

Powered by Ceph, SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 is a solution with heterogeneous operating system (OS) support. It’s a “highly scalable and resilient” software-based storage solution that would enable organizations to build cost-efficient storage using commodity off-the-shelf servers and disk drives. SUSE is also collaborating with partners to bring SUSE Enterprise Storage to devices powered by 64-bit ARM technology.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 supports iSCSI in multipath configurations, enabling block storage across operating systems and environments including Linux, UNIX and Windows. Version 2 also adds at-rest data encryption to increase security for physical assets.

“Software-defined storage promises to change the economics of enterprise storage infrastructures,” said Roger Cox, research vice president, Data Center Convergence, at Gartner. “Software-defined storage addresses the complexity associated with legacy-branded integrated ECB (external controller-based) storage by delivering flexibility, simplicity and lower total cost of ownership.”

SUSE Enterprise Storage is available as an option with SUSE OpenStack Cloud or as a stand-alone storage solution.

suse-storage“SUSE’s leadership as the first to provide heterogeneous OS support is an indicator of our commitment to solving issues customers actually face,” said Ralf Flaxa, SUSE vice president of engineering. “With the majority of enterprises planning to adopt software-defined storage in the next few years, it is emerging as the method of choice for companies looking for cost-effective, enterprise-grade storage. SUSE Enterprise Storage provides the best of the Ceph project, tested and supported for enterprise customers.”

Hardware-Platform Choice

SUSE is collaborating with several partners to bring SUSE Enterprise Storage to devices powered by 64-bit ARM technology. This collaboration would bring hardware-platform choice for software-defined storage to enterprise and hyper-scale customers. Partners expect to ship solutions in the first quarter of 2016.

“Cavium is pleased to work with SUSE and our joint partner, StackVelocity, a business unit of Jabil Inc., to validate and optimize SUSE Enterprise Storage on ThunderX, Cavium’s 48-core ARMv8-based Workload Optimized Processor for next-generation data centers and cloud,” said Gopal Hegde, Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Processor Group, Cavium (Nasdaq: CAVM). “Cavium and SUSE have been collaborating since 2014 to ensure that cloud applications such as Ceph running on SUSE seamlessly integrate with and are optimized for ThunderX SOC. StackVelocity is delivering industry-leading hyperscale server platforms based on ThunderX. The joint development between Cavium, SUSE and StackVelocity will result in solutions which perform and scale well for both enterprise and hyperscale environments.”