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New start-up set to scale up storage in the cloud
Inktank launched by open source developers to promote and support scalable distributed storage system, Ceph.
Developers behind open source, massively scalable distributed storage system Ceph have launched new company, Inktank, to offer enterprise support to organisations using the technology.
The new firm will offer support and consulting services to companies getting to grips with the technology. Ceph is a self-managing, highly scalable, open source distributed storage system that delivers object storage, block storage, and Posix-compatible file storage in one unified platform that runs on commodity hardware.
The company said that Ceph would allow organisations to modernise storage capabilities and lower IT infrastructure costs by “efficiently deploying and managing the technology’s free, robust, easy-to-administer, and easy-to-scale system.”
Ceph was originally created by Sage Weil for his doctoral dissertation at UC Santa Cruz eight years ago. Ceph is in the Linux kernel and is currently being integrated with the OpenStack cloud operating system.
Bryan Bogensberger, President and COO of Inktank said that the lack of professional support for Ceph made it difficult for some enterprises to make the leap “until now”.
"Since Ceph's creation eight years ago, more and more companies have been expressing interest in its ability to transform storage and free companies from the restrictions of expensive, proprietary systems," he said.
Joshua McKenty, chief executive and co-founder at Piston Cloud Computing said that his company was an early adopter of the technology and that Ceph was chosen “as the block storage device for our OpenStack-based Piston Enterprise OS product”.
He said that companies such as his would “derive significant benefit from formalised support and services that can help them leverage the full power of Ceph"