Besides announcing its next version of Ceph-powered SUSE Enterprise Storage, SUSE has bought openATTIC, the open-source Ceph and storage management framework.
SES 4, a software-defined storage system, is powered by Ceph. This is a distributed object store and file system. It, in turn, relies on a resilient and scalable storage model (RADOS) using clusters of commodity hardware. Along with the RADOS block device (RBD), and the RADOS object gateway (RGW), Ceph provides a POSIX file-system interface: CephFS. RBD and RGW have long been in use for production workloads but CephFS has been harder to use in the real world.
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