Red Hat Ceph Storage Review

Saves money and we can scale the storage without limits

What is our primary use case?

I use Ceph as OpenStack and Kubernetes storage back-end solution.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped to save money and scale the storage without limits. 

We did not depend on expensive hardware to start using it and can upgrade it if our demand grows.

What is most valuable?

Its reliability. I have experienced failures and human mistakes. However, Ceph was able to recover automatically the data with a special procedure.

What needs improvement?

Geo-replication needs improvement. It is a new feature, and not well supported yet. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

The community support is very good. I have never used the paid support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. We used the tool ceph-deploy, which is simple to use. The manual procedure is time consuming, but well-documented.

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

No advice, as we never used the paid support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated GlusterFS (POCs), but Ceph provides better block device storage.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend the product.

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