Inktank Partners With Citrix to Support Ceph Distributed

Inktank Partners With Citrix to Support Ceph Distributed Storage in
The Future of Storage(TM), Ceph to Be Integrated With Apache
CloudStack 4.0 
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/11/12 --  Inktank, the only
company to provide enterprise-level support for the Ceph Distributed
Storage System, today announced that it has partnered with Citrix
Systems, Inc. to provide support for Ceph as a key component of
Citrix CloudPlatform. CloudPlatform is Citrix's commercially
supported cloud orchestration system based on Apache CloudStack
(incubating), a leading open-source cloud computing project into
which Ceph has been integrated. The integration enables Ceph, a
massively scalable distributed storage system with no single point of
failure, to provide primary block storage for Apache CloudStack and
Citrix CloudPlatform.  
Launching later this year, Apache CloudStack 4.0 will be the first
Apache release of CloudStack to integrate Ceph's distributed storage
platform to provide highly scalable and flexible virtual block
storage for enterprises and developers.  
Ceph's unique architecture makes it massively scalable and,
therefore, an ideal storage component for CloudStack and Citrix
CloudPlatform, which provides virtually unlimited computing power for
the world's largest cloud deployments. Ceph's block storage system
has been seamlessly integrated into both CloudStack and
CloudPlatform, empowering users with the freedom and flexibility of a
cloud-agnostic, open platform that supports public, private, and
hybrid clouds. Ceph delivers high compatibility and interoperability
with most popular cloud standards, including Amazon and OpenStack,
through Ceph's open API integration and support for both platforms.  
"Enterprises moving mission-critical applications to the cloud need
to know that the infrastructure is capable of near-infinite scaling
to store massive data loads, and Ceph's powerful storage platform
provides that functionality," said Peder Ulander, Vice President of
Product Marketing, Cloud Platforms Group at Citrix Systems. "Citrix
welcomes Ceph's inclusion into CloudStack and CloudPlatform, and we
are pleased to partner with Inktank to provide enterprise support for
Ceph storage for all of our CloudPlatform deployments." 
Inktank also announced today that it has
 agreed to join the Apache
Software Foundation as a bronze sponsor, further strengthening
Inktank's and Ceph's commitment to the Apache CloudStack community.
In addition, Inktank is one of the sponsors of the upcoming
CloudStack Collaboration Conference in Las Vegas on November 30 to
December 2. Inktank will be speaking at the conference on the
technical architecture and capabilities of Ceph with Apache
"Inktank and Ceph congratulate the Apache CloudStack team on building
tremendous momentum and excitement around its cloud computing
platform, and we are excited that the CloudStack community has chosen
to integrate Ceph in their upcoming release," said Bryan
Bogensberger, President and COO of Inktank. "We look forward to
expanding collaboration between the Apache CloudStack and Ceph
developer communities as we continue to solve the world's
ever-growing cloud storage challenges." 
"I developed the integration between Ceph and CloudStack so that we
can all use the powerful features of Ceph in our own cloud
environment. I've been using Ceph for almost 3 years now, and I was
really missing these kinds of integrations. In the past 3 years Ceph
has proven that it is going to change the way we think about
storage," said Wido den Hollander, developer of the integration
between Ceph and CloudStack. More details on the implementation can
be found on Wido's blog: The implementation
itself has been committed to the Apache CloudStack Git repository. 
To learn more about Inktank's enterprise-level support for Ceph
across CloudStack and CloudPlatform deployments, please visit To get involved with Ceph's worldwide open
source developer community, please visit 
About Inktank
 Inktank is the company delivering Ceph -- the
massively scalable, open source, distributed storage system. Launched
by some of the leading developers of Ceph, Inktank's mission is to
help organizations fully leverage the transformative power of Ceph to
decrease storage costs, increase operational flexibility and help
them free themselves from restrictive and expensive proprietary
storage systems. Inktank provides best-in-class professional services
and support offerings to enterprises, service providers, and cloud
platforms. Please visit for more information. 
About Ceph 
 Ceph, The Future of Storage(TM), is a massively
scalable, open source, distributed storage system. It is comprised of
an object store, block store, and a POSIX-compatible distributed file
system. The platform is capable of auto-scaling to the exabyte level
and beyond, it runs on commodity hardware, it is self-healing and
self-managing, and has no single point of failure. Ceph is in the
Linux kernel; Ceph is integrated with the OpenStack(TM) cloud
operating system; and Ceph is integrated with the Apache CloudStack
project. As a result of its open source nature, this portable storage
platform may be installed and used in public or private clouds.
Please visit for more information. 
Press Contact: 
Bret Clement 
Inktank PR 
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