Red Hat Ceph Storage Review

A scale-out solution designed to be free of scale limitations common when using proprietary storage solutions


How has it helped my organization?

Ceph has allowed us to deploy block storage for our users in a reliable, performance, and easy to manage fashion without vendor lock-in.

What is most valuable?

By being open source, Ceph is not tied to the whim or fortunes of any one vendor. The community of Ceph code contributors and admins is large and active. Ceph’s ability to adapt to varying types of commodity hardware affords us substantial flexibility and future-proofing.

What needs improvement?

Routing around slow hardware.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Ceph is more stable than many proprietary solutions.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Ceph is a scale-out solution designed to be free of scale limitations common when using proprietary storage solutions. Ceph will continue to scale meeting our needs for years to come.

How is customer service and technical support?

Red Hat’s technical support is valuable, but with Ceph, one can often do well with community resources.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have used traditional storage on much smaller scales: ZFS, SVM, VxVM, and NetApp. They do not fit the use case and demands of a growing Cloud infrastructure.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is straightforward with automation tools.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Not applicable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Ceph is de facto for mixed modality of cloud storage.

What other advice do I have?

Pick up a copy of this excellent book: Learning Ceph - Second Edition.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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