Spun off from DreamHost in May, Inktank is the first company to provide enterprise-level consulting and support around Ceph, which combines object storage, block storage, and file-system storage, and is designed to be scalable and flexible around enterprise cloud storage needs.
eNovance, who specializes in big data and open source cloud environments, says Ceph is an ideal storage system for many of its customers, who have varying infrastructure needs.
“We deeply believe that Ceph is a powerful asset for our customers. It was, therefore, logical for eNovance to partner with Inktank in order to provide our clients with the best support possible,” Nicolas Marchal, CTO of eNovance said in a statement. “We are experts in improving the performance of our clients’ websites, e-commerce platforms, and mobile applications through high-performance and high-availability tools. And because open source is in our DNA, we work with the best open source technologies, such as Ceph, and always focus on improving the end user experience. eNovance is a results-oriented company and aims to be the best service provider in the business, and our mutual commitment with Inktank is a step toward that goal.”
Service providers have used Ceph in many different ways, and in an interview with the WHIR last year, Bryan Bogensberger, CEO of Inktank, said many service providers look at Ceph to quickly be able to launch an AWS S3 or Elastic Block Storage competitive product. In fact, on Tuesday, DreamHost announced the general availability of its Ceph-based object storage service, priced cheaper than Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service, at 7 cents per gig.
As partners, eNovance and Inktank will work together to further develop the Ceph distributed storage system. The two providers already have a joint customer, and while Inktank didn’t confirm who the customer is specifically, GigaOm suggests it could be Cloudwatt, the European provider set to take on Amazon, Google and Microsoft with the release of its French government-backed OpenStack-based cloud in October.
While Ceph is an Amazon alternative, eNovance is also an AWS partner and solution provider as well, designing managed hosting offers specifically adapted to the Amazon Cloud.
“Ceph is tailor-made for providing highly scalable storage in enterprise cloud deployments, and Inktank is eager to partner with cloud providers like eNovance to help companies design and deploy the best cloud environments and storage for their unique needs,” Bogensberger, CEO of Inktank said in a statement. “eNovance is one of the top companies in cloud management, and their customers will benefit from Ceph’s best-in-class storage capabilities, as well as enterprise-level support services from Inktank’s team of Ceph experts.”
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