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Ceph storage on Ubuntu

Canonical Ceph provides a flexible open source storage option for OpenStack, Kubernetes or as a stand-alone storage cluster.

Ceph on Ubuntu reduces the cost of storage at scale on commodity hardware. Get access to a proven multi-protocol storage technology solution and 24/7 support with Ubuntu Pro.

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Production-worthy Ceph storage

Designed from the ground up for petabyte-scale deployments, Canonical's Ceph solutions include only open source components with highly automated operations to drive down the total cost of ownership.

If you do not have the in house expertise to operate your own storage infrastructure Canonical Ceph is available as a managed service.

Proven success with Ceph storage

In the early days of Ceph, Yahoo! Japan searched for a local company who could support them in implementing an open-source distributed storage solution from the Linux operating system all the way to Ceph. Canonical provided not only Ceph but also the tooling and expertise that reduced the OpEx associated with managing a large storage cluster.

Learn more about Yahoo! Japan's Ceph cluster ›

The Wellcome Sanger Institute initially opted for self-maintained Ceph storage, but as their capacity needs grew from 3 PB to over 20 PB, they turned to Canonical to resolve their scaling issues. With the help of Canonical support, the Institute's latest Ceph rollout decreased from a month to just four days.

Learn how Wellcome Sanger achieved a cost-effective Ceph infrastructure ›

Ceph storage deployment and operations

Canonical can help you to design and install your Ceph cluster or provide consulting to enable you to run Ceph autonomously. Day 2 operations are straightforward with highly automated procedures to upgrade and expand clusters, and manage hardware replacements. If you prefer to treat your storage as-a-service, we offer Managed Ceph — a Ceph cluster fully managed by Canonical.

Benefits of Ceph on Ubuntu

The choice is yours as to whether to use your own operational framework or leverage the benefits of Canonical Ceph. Each Ubuntu LTS release ships with a version of Ceph that is supported for up to 10 years. Newer releases of Ceph can be installed from the Ubuntu Cloud Archive, allowing flexibility to select the right version of Ceph for your environment. To maximise Ceph upgrade flexibility for customers, Ceph versions are regularly released and maintained via Ubuntu updates and security repositories, as well as the Ubuntu Cloud Archive. This leads to a flexible mix between remaining at the forefront of innovation and providing long-term support predictability.

With many global enterprises and telco operators running Ceph on Ubuntu, organisations are able to combine block, file and object storage at scale while tapping into the economic and upstream benefits of open source.

Ubuntu, OpenStack and Ceph support cadence

More choice, for your infrastructure

Across all shapes and sizes of infrastructure, Canonical Ceph can provide all the benefits of upstream Ceph in easily deployable and securely delivered packages.

Private cloud
Canonical Charmed Ceph

Use Juju and Charms to deploy and manage all of your infrastructure and applications.

Canonical Ceph ROCKs

Use your own choice of tooling, with trusted OCI compliant container images.

Edge Cloud
Canonical MicroCeph

Lightweight deployment and management for edge computing use-cases.

Training / Local Dev
Canonical MicroCeph

Small scale deployments for training and local-development.

Canonical Ceph for best economics in the datacenter

Canonical Ceph management tooling enables you to manage the entire lifecycle of deployment, configuration, and operation of a Ceph cluster, no matter its size or complexity. Our tooling simplifies both installation automation as well as Day-2 operations orchestration, such as monitoring, scaling, upgrades and hardware maintenance while remaining interoperable with other infrastructure and application management solutions.

Benefits of Canonical Ceph

  • Highly scalable from Terabytes to Exabytes
  • Highly reliable with no single point of failure in the cluster
  • Fault-tolerant through data replication and erasure coding
  • Enable BCP/DR with remote replication
  • Highly secure client authentication and at rest encryption
  • Compatible with Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift APIs
  • Decrease CapEx by using commodity hardware
  • Decrease OpEx through failure detection, self-management and self-healing
  • Configurable and optimisable for cost and performance

Encryption at rest

Canonical Ceph allows for encryption at rest to be configured through our deployment tooling to provide data encryption and integrity assurance for Ceph OSDs.

Tested architecture

Our Ceph reference architectures have been developed after extensive testing and production experience with leading hardware vendors.

Utilise nearline SAS or SATA drives for bulk storage to drive lower storage costs with NVMe flash as a cache device to increase performance.

Getting started with Ceph on Ubuntu

Charmed Ceph

  • Deploy large-scale complex Ceph clusters in minutes
  • Easily upgrade to newer Ceph versions
  • Provide model-driven orchestration for repeatability and predictability
  • RBD, CephFS and RGW support
  • NFS and iSCSI support
  • Configure nodes consistently
  • Replace failing disk drives and retire old hardware
  • Expand the capacity of your storage cluster

Install Charmed Ceph ›

Ceph support on Ubuntu

  • Ceph support is included in Ubuntu Pro
  • Simple and predictable pricing model
  • Up to 192 TB of raw storage included per node
  • OCI compliant ROCKs for cephadm and Rook or packages available
  • Get access to the storage experts 24/7 or during business hours
  • Alternatively, get extended security maintenance if all you need is peace of mind by consuming security patches from the world's leading security team

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  • Streamlined and effortless Ceph
  • Opinionated and automated cluster deployment and management
  • RBD, CephFS and RGW support
  • Perfect for edge computing and remote offices
  • Isolated deployment package to protect underlying systems
  • Developer friendly, ideal for training delivery and local development

Install MicroCeph ›

Managed Ceph

  • Fully managed storage cluster, on your servers, at your location
  • Built in 2 weeks using a proven reference architecture
  • Customise the architecture in iterations based on your storage needs
  • Your team has access to all machines at all times
  • Modern monitoring and log management
  • Canonical hands over the keys when you are ready

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