SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 to Bring Ceph-Based Storage to Any OS

SUSE announced the general availability of SUSE Enterprise Storage 2, the latest version of its self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 is the first and only Ceph-based solution with heterogeneous operating system support, giving customers the ability to deploy software-defined storage with less cost. SUSE is also collaborating with partners to bring SUSE Enterprise Storage to devices powered by 64-bit ARM technology.

"Software-defined storage promises to change the economics of enterprise storage infrastructures," said Roger Cox, Research Vice President, Data Center Convergence at Gartner. "Software-defined storage addresses the complexity associated with legacy-branded integrated ECB (external controller-based) storage by delivering flexibility, simplicity and lower total cost of ownership."

Powered by Ceph, SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 is a highly scalable and resilient software-based storage solution that enables organizations to build cost-efficient storage using commodity off-the-shelf servers and disk drives. SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 supports iSCSI in multipath configurations, enabling block storage across operating systems and environments including Linux, UNIX and Windows. Version 2 also adds at-rest data encryption to increase security for physical assets.

"SUSE's leadership as the first to provide heterogeneous OS support is an indicator of our commitment to solving issues customers actually face," said Ralf Flaxa, SUSE Vice President of Engineering. "With the majority of enterprises planning to adopt software-defined storage in the next few years, it is emerging as the method of choice for companies looking for cost-effective, enterprise-grade storage. SUSE Enterprise Storage provides the best of the Ceph project, tested and supported for enterprise customers."

SUSE engineers worked with independent server manufacturer Thomas-Krenn.AG to develop a series of thoroughly tested, cost-effective turnkey software-defined storage appliances for midmarket customers. From entry level to performance or capacity-optimized solutions, SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 combined with Thomas-Krenn's hardware gives customers more choice and flexibility.

Dr. David Hoeflmayr, CEO of Thomas-Krenn.AG, said, "More and more midmarket companies recognize the value of software-defined storage as a remedy for their exploding storage costs, so we are excited about the opportunity to be the first to market with a series of SDS appliances based on SUSE Enterprise Storage 2."