A huge thanks to Sage Weil

Ceph was developed by Sage Weil in 2003 as a part of his Ph.D. project. It was open sourced in 2006 to serve as a reference implementation and research platform. DreamHost, a Los Angeles-based web hosting and domain registrar company also co-founded by Sage Weil, supported Ceph development from 2007 to 2011. During this period Ceph as we know it took shape: the […]

The importancy of upgrading and updating Ceph consistently

During our Ceph consultancy projects, we often get questions about Ceph versions. A question we get a lot is about what Ceph version should be used, do I use the latest or an earlier version? Another question is about running different Ceph versions on one cluster, is this a bad thing? I thought it might […]

What about our Ceph Fundamentals training?

Currently, we are planning a new Ceph Fundamentals training course for November or December. Because of this, we thought it would be nice to share some more information on the topics of this training course. The 42on Ceph Fundamentals Training is a 2-day online, instructor-led training course. The training is led by one of our […]

Improving some aspects on your Ceph cluster

As performance optimization research might cost too much time and effort, here are some steps you might first want to try to improve your overall Ceph cluster. The first step is to deploy Ceph on newer releases of Linux and deploy on releases with long-term support. Secondly, update your hardware design and service placement. As […]

Best practices for CephFS

File storage is a data storage format in which data is stored and managed as files within folders. Why would you choose to use file storage? Well, the advantages of file storage include the following: 1. User-friendly interface: A simple file management and sharing system which are easy to understand for human users which makes […]

How we use Ceph-Collect to work with you

When we work on Ceph storage infrastructures, we always ask to run a diagnostic tool first. For running these diagnostics, we have developed a tool, which is called Ceph-Collect. The tool is used to gather information from a Ceph cluster. After it runs, it shows an in dept report about the storage architecture together with […]

Migration options for SUSE Enterprise Storage (SES) users

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about how SUSE pulled the plug on SUSE Enterprise Storage (SES). SES is a Linux-based computer data storage product developed by SUSE and built on Ceph technology. A quick recap on the matter is that in 2020, SUSE acquired Rancher Labs, a Kubernetes management software vendor, and […]

SUSE pulls the plug on SES. What are your options now?

A few months back the news came that SUSE stops supporting its Ceph-based SUSE Enterprise Storage (SES) product to their customers. And, with one eye on Rancher, will promote Longhorn instead. As we support mostly very avid Ceph storage teams we dove into the options you have if you are now a SUSE Enterprise Storage […]

How to handle large omap objects

Every once in a while a customer will ask me what to do with these messages: health: HEALTH_WARN1 large omap objects First let’s see what this means: Most of the time when seeing the large omap warning is in relation to the RGW workload. The RGW or Rados Gateway provides a S3 and/or SWIFT compatible […]

5 more ways to break your Ceph cluster

While we’ve been working with customers using Ceph in a variety of ways, we have encountered some several ways to break your Ceph cluster. In that light, here is an update on five more ways to break your Ceph cluster as a continuation of the original presentation done by Wido den Hollander which is called; […]