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Inktank Partners With Canonical

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) -  Inktank, the only company to provide enterprise-level support for the Ceph Distributed Storage System, today announced that it has partnered with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. Inktank is working with engineers at Canonical, as well as the Ubuntu developer community, to continually improve the integration of Ceph distributed storage into Ubuntu, with the next version of Ubuntu 12.10 to be released on the 18th of October.

The Future of Storage™, Ceph's unique architecture combines object, block, and file storage into a unified, open system that provides highly scalable and flexible distributed storage ideal for cloud deployments. Ceph was first integrated into the Ubuntu operating system in April 2012 with the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Ceph has also been integrated into the Linux kernel.

Inktank engineers have been working with the teams at Canonical and Ubuntu to provide multiple provisioning options for the Ceph storage system. Ceph can now be quickly provisioned via a Charm in Juju, Canonical's open-source service orchestration management tool, making it easier than ever for Ubuntu users to utilize Ceph storage.

"The Ceph project combined with Ubuntu, the proven cloud OS, is helping solve one of the biggest challenges in computing today by delivering cloud storage that is infinitely scalable, while being flexible and self-managing," commented Kyle MacDonald, VP of Cloud at Canonical. "We see a lot of interest for Ceph, because as a storage backend for OpenStack Volume (Cinder) it can scale easily and provides the needed redundancy to keep the data safe. Canonical has partnered with Inktank to offer enterprise support for Ceph, as well as to provide multiple provisioning options to ensure the storage solution is easy to deploy across different environments."

"Every day millions of people and enterprises around the world use Ubuntu, and Inktank is pleased to be working with Canonical and the Ubuntu community to bring the robust storage capabilities of Ceph to ever more enterprises and developers," said Bryan Bogensberger, President and COO at Inktank. "Our engineers continue to collaborate with the open source community to expand provisioning options for Ceph, enabling organizations of all sizes to modernize their storage infrastructure."

To learn more about Inktank's enterprise-level support for Ceph, please visit http://www.inktank.com. To get involved with Ceph's worldwide open source developer community, please visit www.ceph.com.

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 www.inktank.com for more information.

About Ceph
Ceph, The Future of Storage, 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 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 www.ceph.com for more information.