Latest OpenStack user survey shows Ceph continues to dominate

According to the OpenStack Foundation’s sixth and most recent user survey released just prior to this week’s OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, 62% of users selected Ceph RBD block storage for their OpenStack use cases, nearly three and more than four times the two closest alternatives, LVM (default) and NetApp, respectively.  In production, a full 38% of respondents indicated that their OpenStack deployments depended on Ceph as their Cinder driver, with the same comparisons. A survey of the largest production clouds, those exceeding 1,000 cores, showed similar results, with 37% of users selecting Ceph RBD followed by NetApp at 12%.  Interestingly enough, with 9% of respondents using GlusterFS in production, development & quality assurance, or proof of concept across all OpenStack deployments, more than 70% of OpenStack users are relying on block storage championed by Red Hat Storage.

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Ceph Deployment at Target: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

In October 2014, the first Ceph environment at Target, a U.S. based international chain of department stores, went live. In this insightful slide show (embedded at the end of this post), Will Boege, Sr. Technical Architect at Target, talks about the process, highlighting challenges faced and lessons learned in Target’s first ‘official’ Openstack release.

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Ceph’s on the move… and coming to a city near you!

What’s that saying: Ya can’t keep a good person down? Well, ya can’t keep a good technology contained—and that’s why Ceph’s been appearing at venues across the globe.

Ceph Day just hit Chicago

Most recently—this past August—Ceph made its way to Chicago, home of Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs, a place known worldwide for its Prohibition-era ruckus as well as its present-day spirits and brews. There, at Ceph Day Chicago, Bloomberg’s Chris Jones, senior cloud infrastructure, architecture/DevOps, explained how Ceph helps power storage at the financial giant.

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The Top 5 Q&As From Sage Weil’s Recent Reddit AMA

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Sage Weil, Red Hat’s chief architect of Ceph and co-creator of Cephamong many other credentials – recently held an “ask me anything” session on Reddit. Though you can read the whole thing for yourself, here, we’ve collected the top questions and answers for your edification. Read on!

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Check out our rich media deep-dive webinar – on demand!

Want to know more about rich media? In a recent webinar, Red Hat Senior Solutions Architect Kyle Bader took a deep dive into rich media and the unique demands it places on storage systems. We recap some highlights from the webinar here, but please register for the on-demand version here to get the full experience.

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GlusterFS among the elite!

Score one more for Red Hat Storage! In case you didn’t hear, GlusterFS is the proud recipient of a 2015 Bossie Award, InfoWorld’s top picks in open source datacenter and cloud software. Highly influential worldwide among technology and business decision makers alike, the IDC publication selected GlusterFS as one of its top picks for 2015.

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Test drive Red Hat Ceph Storage — for free

Want to try Red Hat Ceph Storage for yourself? Then it’s your lucky day. You can test drive it now. For free!

Available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a number of short, easily digestible labs, the Red Hat Ceph Storage test drive gives you a hands-on opportunity to explore the product’s features and see for yourself—in real time—how Red Hat Ceph Storage works. In addition to letting you explore the management features and fundamentals of Red Hat Ceph Storage, test drive labs walk you through such things as how to deploy a Ceph cluster and how to set up erasure-coded and replication storage pools.

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The Red Hat Ceph Storage/Supermicro reference architecture has arrived

If you’re building public or private clouds—or simply need massively scalable, flexible storage designed for the cloud—you’ve probably heard about Ceph. But what you may not have heard is that there’s now a reference architecture covering configurations and benchmarks results for Red Hat Ceph Storage on Supermicro storage servers. For real!

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Visit our Slideshare page for presentations from Red Hat Summit 2015 and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about storage

For easy access to a wealth of Red Hat Storage information, from product updates and use case insights to industry best practices, check out the Red Hat Storage Slideshare page. With presentations going back a few years you’ll be able to find just about anything – including the presentations used during select sessions at Red Hat Summit 2015. Below is just a sampling of some of the presentations you’ll find.

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Learn how Ansible can reduce the time to roll out Ceph to new clusters from hours to minutes

When you put a time consuming challenge with a lot of steps in front of an engineer, their mind invariably strays to “How can I make this faster, easier, better?” We recently spoke with Sébastien Han, senior cloud architect at Red Hat in France, who, like any good engineer, thinks along those lines.

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Like all good open source, making Ceph takes good friends

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It’s kind of like living in a neighborhood, you know, software is. Once you’ve moved in, you can try to develop your neighborhood all on your own, without the guidance and contributions of the knowing, experienced people around you. But you won’t get the best outcome. In the best neighborhoods, all neighbors welcome the contributions of those around them—Everyone stays open to the thoughts and help of the people around them who share their goal: to make what they’re developing—their neighborhood—the very best it can be. For the greater good.

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Welcome Aboard, CohortFS Team

Today we are pleased to share some exciting news with you: a group of engineers from CohortFS, a Michigan-based startup working on distributed storage systems, will be joining our growing Red Hat Storage team.

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