The importance of Ceph — the open source, massively scalable distributed storage system — to commercial solutions for cloud computing and Big Data has become yet clearer with the announcement of a partnership between Inktank and Citrix to integrate Ceph into the latter company’s CloudPlatform system.
Mark Shuttleworth — the entrepreneur and space tourist most famous for helping to launch Ubuntu Linux — found a new pet project on Tuesday, when he invested $1 million of his own funds in Inktank and the Ceph community. The endeavor may not involve blasting into orbit, but it’s likely to make some big splashes all the same in the open source and Big Data channels.
Inktank, which sells commercial support for the Ceph distributed storage system, has already established some significant partnerships in the open source channel during its brief history. Now it has added SUSE to that list with the announcement of an agreement to provide enterprise Ceph support for SUSE Cloud.
Close on the heels of a recent agreement with Citrix, the Big Data and storage company Inktank continues to expand its partner network. Its latest deals, with Metacloud and Canonical, promise to enhance its importance in the open source channel as demand for Big Data solutions continues to explode.
As we’ve noted previously, Inktank is a relatively new endeavor.
In the open source world, you know your software project is a success when users start asking for less frequent releases with more predictable support cycles. It’s a sign your product has matured and is ready for prime-time production use. And that’s the point Ceph, the open source distributed storage platform, seems to have hit, with the introduction of longterm support from Inktank.
Ceph, the open source distributed storage system for the cloud and Big Data, is designed to store information remotely. But Inktank, the company behind the project, hopes to promote the software through a series of hands-on workshops called Ceph Days, which will occur this fall in three international cities. And Canonical, the vendor for Ubuntu
Inktank has raised $1 million in the form of a convertible note from Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth to further services play for Ceph — an open source, next generation distributed storage technology.
Inktank is led by Dreamhost Co-Founder Sage Weil, who formed the company after developing Ceph over the past several years, starting with his work at the University of Caliornia at Santa Cr
Launched in May, Inktank is one of the newest companies to enter the still very new open source cloud computing industry. But it’s got a great head start as the enterprise support arm of the Ceph storage system.