SUSE Enterprise Ships Multi-Platform Software-Defined Storage

SUSE announced the general availability of the latest version of its self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 is a Ceph-based solution with heterogeneous operating system support. The vendor says it is also collaborating with partners to bring SUSE Enterprise Storage to devices powered by 64-bit ARM technology.

“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,” said Ralf Flaxa, SUSE vice president of engineering. “SUSE Enterprise Storage provides the best of the Ceph project, tested and supported for enterprise customers.”

Powered by Ceph, SUSE Enterprise Storage 2 is a highly scalable and resilient software-based storage solution that enables organizations to build 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.

The vendor said its engineers worked with independent server manufacturer Thomas-Krenn.AG to develop a series of turnkey software-defined storage appliances for midmarket customers.

SUSE Enterprise Storage is available as an option with SUSE OpenStack Cloud or as a standalone storage solution.

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