Storage is a widely recognized major, if not main, infrastructure challenge. For many years, service providers could choose only between two network-storage options: local or centralized.
- Local – With local storage (i.e., disks with the server node), the only way service providers could ensure service continuity was to replicate all data to other devices that could be used in the event of failure. This model did not accommodate all workload types, nor did it adapt to legacy applications. Local storage afforded service providers very little flexibility when managing their storage spaces. It also made live recovery a considerable challenge.
- Centralized – While centralized network storage (e.g., a Storage Area Network [SAN] or a Network Attached Storage [NAS]) afforded service providers the flexibility and control they needed to deliver storage services, it delivered all resiliency via expensive hardware components, thereby driving up CAPEX and OPEX investments, with SAN and NAS typically being a single point of failure.
That’s all changed with cloud. Now service providers building a cloud infrastructure today must overcome four main infrastructure challenges:
- Offer end-users continuous availability and maintain service quality and customer satisfaction even when faults occur
- Ensure the infrastructure helps, rather than hinders, business growth
- Overcome challenges 1 and 2 under tight cost constraints
- Deliver infrastructure easily based on the customer’s requirements
To overcome these challenges, requires cloud orchestration and storage that leads the market in functionality, economics and ease of storage. Enter Ceph® and Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator.
Ceph® is the massively scalable, open-source, software-defined storage system that radically improves the economics and ease of storage. The mission of Inktank by Red Hat, the company behind Ceph, is to help enterprises use Ceph to break free of expensive and proprietary storage systems and decrease their storage costs, increase their operational flexibility and effectively manage their rapidly growing data.
With Ceph, service providers can overcome the challenge of achieving low-cost, continuous availability and scalability while fostering business growth. Partitioning, distributing and replicating data across nodes, Ceph delivers object and block storage in one self-managing, self-healing platform with no single point of failure. The system’s highly scalable, software-defined storage architecture is an ideal replacement for legacy storage systems and provides a unified solution for cloud computing environments. In addition to helping ensure scalability, flexibility and availability, Ceph’s architecture means service providers can save on operational costs. Ceph lowers costs, and fosters organizational flexibility, by running on commodity hardware. With Ceph, service providers can quickly and seamlessly add storage capacity, scaling to exabytes if needed.
Together, Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and Ceph allow service providers to base their cloud services on an infrastructure that offers unparalleled flexibility, reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness.
Learn more about the integration between Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and Ceph.