Red Hat Ceph Storage Review

Not mature yet, bugs and errors during install, but opens doors for completely open-source cloud


What is our primary use case?

We use it as cloud storage, connected to OpenNebula cloud system for one of our customers. System includes 56 Supermicro nodes that are specially configured to be used as a hyperconverged system. Same nodes used for storage and virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

It opens doors for completely open-source cloud. No monthly charges, no revenue share policy. It just works.

What is most valuable?

When going open-source, there is actually not much of a choice. Ceph was chosen to maintain exact performance and capacity characteristics for customer cloud.

What needs improvement?

Ceph is not a mature product at this time. Guides are misleading and incomplete. You will meet all kind of bugs and errors trying to install the system for the first time. It requires very experienced personnel to support and keep the system in working condition, and install all necessary packets.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The system needs some polishing to be stable enough for a production environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

CEPH is scalable to almost infinity.

How is customer service and technical support?

We didn’t use Red Hat services, due to bad experience with them in the past. They usually play email ping pong, while you solve the problems yourself.

Which solutions did we use previously?

None. This was a pilot project and it has worked out.

How was the initial setup?

It is complex. Before the system is built, all your technical staff must research as much about CEPH technology as they can.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tried Scality. It is the perfect solution, but was out of budget.

What other advice do I have?

Think twice.

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