Ceph is a software-defined, next generation storage system that provides distributed data storage in multiple nodes under one unified platform. It could be constructed on a standard commodity server instead of proprietary high-cost hardware. With elegant features such as PB-level scalability, high availability and reliability, Ceph has earned its position as a most desirable storage solutions among today’s enterprises for confronting the exponential growth of data. Global enterprises among various industries have come to adopt Ceph, including Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom AG, and Flickr (Yahoo).
The fundamental layer of Ceph is built on a set of storage cluster named RADOS, which provides object, block, and file storage through a LIBRADOS API. The storage nodes can be scaled-out to hundreds and thousands to achieve PB or even EB-level of storage capacity.
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