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Suse responds to enterprise need for better storage solutions

18 Feb 15

Suse has announced the general availability of Suse Enterprise Storage solution in New Zealand.

The solution is powered by Ceph, the open source distributed storage solution, and is priced at 0.1 cent per gigabyte per month.

Suse says the solution enables organisations to build scalable storage using commodity off-the-shelf servers and disk drives.

IDC estimates that from 2013 to 2020 the amount of data created and copied annually will grow by a factor of 10 from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion. The analysts say data volume doubles every two years.

“This data growth has created a critical need for reliable yet affordable storage solutions beyond the traditional, expensive proprietary solutions we're used to,” says Nils Brauckmann, Suse president and general manager.

“Suse Enterprise Storage is a highly scalable and resilient software-based storage solution that allows enterprises to move away from proprietary, hardware-centric storage solutions to software-based storage that delivers functionality comparable to mid- and high-end storage products but at a fraction of the cost,” says Brauckmann.

Based on the Firefly version of the Ceph open source project, Suse Enterprise Storage is suited for object, archival and bulk storage, with features including cache tiering, thin provisioning, copy-on-write cloning and erasure coding, says Suse.

Laura DuBois, IDC program vice president says “The emerging combination of reliable open source software and commodity hardware has rocked the storage market, to the benefit of storage customers.

“Lower costs, deployment flexibility and the all-important availability of data are benefits delivered by solutions like Suse Enterprise Storage.”

Suse Enterprise Storage is available as an option with Suse OpenStack Cloud or as a stand-alone storage solution.

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