“Why Ceph?” you ask? We’re super passionate about this and could go on about it for days but we’ll keep it short and sweet. If you want to know more or talk to one of our team about it you can always contact us here.

In a nutshell, Ceph is open source software. It’s the gold standard for SDS and it’s designed to provide highly scalable object, block and file-based storage under a unified system.

Ceph is like the Swiss army knife of the SDS world. It’s destined to endure because of it’s accessibility, openness, unparalleled flexibility, rich features, an impressive and growing roster of enterprise ambassadors and an already deep and devoted user community.

As a distributed, scale-out storage framework, Ceph caters best to high bandwidth, medium latency types of applications, such as content delivery (think Netflix, Comcast, AT&T), archive storage (Dropbox-type applications), or block storage for virtualization, but it can handle almost anything.

In addition, Ceph can do all three types of commonly found storage types (object, block, and file) — a flexibility that separates it from the rest of the SDS herd. It’s inherent scale-out support aligns well with horizontal which means you can gradually build large systems as cost and demand require, and it sports enterprise-grade features such as erasure coding, thin provisioning, cloning, load-balancing, automated tiering between flash and hard drives, and simplified maintenance and debugging.

Plus, unlike proprietary formats, you can integrate with a myriad of other storage software solutions which allows you to avoid the dreaded “vendor lock-in” arrangement more commonly found with our more traditional counterparts.

Not bad, right?

And now for the kicker: at SoftIron, we make Ceph easy

The power of Ceph can transform your organization’s IT infrastructure and your ability to manage vast amounts of data. If your organization runs applications with different storage interface needs, Ceph is for you! Ceph’s foundation is the Reliable Autonomic Distributed Object Store (RADOS), which provides your applications with object, block, and file system storage in a single unified storage cluster—making Ceph flexible, highly reliable and easy for you to manage.

There’s no question Ceph is powerful, but it also has a history of complexity – that’s kinda what happens when you start decoupling hardware from software. In the past, this setup could leave you stuck in the middle. Not much fun when you’re doing it DIY and even less so when you’re left mediating between hardware and software vendors trying to pass the buck when things go wrong.

We do it differently. We set out to change this experience and we did it by designing our hardware from scratch, for Ceph, from the very beginning. We took a media-first approach and crafted a purpose built Ceph-appliance called HyperDrive. Because we don’t assemble from off-the-shelf, generic hardware, we’re not encumbered by traditional architecture and we’re not left with distracting, excessive hardware components. The box comes pre-configured so you can virtually plug-in and go.

Plus, we offer roadside assist-style support when you need it most. And because we built the whole stack we can troubleshoot it end-to-end to get you back up and running in no time.

What’s not to love?