Technical white paper

SUSE Enterprise Storage onHPE Apollo 4200/4500 System Servers

Executive summary

Traditional file and block storage architectures are being challenged by the explosive growth of data, fueled by the expansion of Big Data, unstructured data, and the pervasiveness of mobile devices. Emerging open source storage architectures such as Ceph can help businesses deal with these trends, providing cost-effective storage solutions that keep up with capacity growth while providing service-level agreements (SLAs) to meet business and customer requirements.
Enterprise-class storage subsystems are designed to address storage requirements for business-critical transactional data latencies. However, they may not be an optimal solution for unstructured data and backup/archival storage. In these cases, enterprise-class reliability is still required, but massive scale-out capacity and lower investment drive solution requirements. Additionally, modern businesses must provide data access from anywhere at any time, through a variety of legacy and modern access protocols.
Ceph software-defined storage is designed to run on industry-standard server platforms, offering lower infrastructure costs and scalability beyond the capacity points of typical file server storage subsystems. HPE Apollo 4000 series storage servers provide a comprehensive and cost-effective storage capacity building block for Ceph-based solutions.