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SUSE releases version 5.5 of software-defined storage product

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Germany-based open source company SUSE has released version 5.5 of its Enterprise Storage which, it claims, "enables IT organisations to transform enterprise storage infrastructure and reduce costs while providing unlimited scalability".

SUSE Enterprise Storage is built on the open source Ceph project and deploys object storage across a single, distributed, computer cluster made up of industry standard hardware.

The company first announced its storage product in 2014 and initial deployments were focused on storing unstructured data, Larry Morris, senior product manager at SUSE Linux, and the person leading development of the technology, told iTWire in an interview last year.

The product is now ideal for bulk storage, compliance, archive, data protection, disaster recovery, large data file applications, big data applications, HPC storage, cloud storage and virtual machine storage.

“Organisations today face increasing pressure to become more agile and economically efficient in order to grow, compete and survive,” said Gerald Pfeifer, SUSE vice-president of Products and Technology Programs.

“They must leverage digital assets and information to fuel their progress. SUSE Enterprise Storage enables that as an affordable, easy-to-manage enterprise storage solution that harnesses open source innovation without expensive proprietary hardware.”

Ritu Jyoti, IDC program vice-president, Systems Infrastructure Research Portfolio, said, “SUSE’s engineering investment to make SUSE Enterprise Storage easier to use has produced one of the industry’s easiest to manage Ceph distributions.

"The inclusion of openATTIC, which is quickly becoming a norm for the Ceph distribution as Ceph Manager Dashboard, plays a large part in the prominence of SUSE Enterprise Storage as an enterprise consumable solution.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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