Feeds

Shuttleworth drops one million cluster bucks on Ceph upstart

Linux moneybags funds Um Bongo's cloudy file system

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

Billionaire Linux kingpin Mark Shuttleworth has injected $1m into storage startup Inktank to bring the team's distributed file system Ceph to cloud computing.

Shuttleworth invested the cash as a convertible note to grow the four-month-old biz and fund the development of the open-source fault-tolerant storage system Ceph. Inktank was started by several of the file system's creators including Sage Weil, who is the software's chief architect and also a co-founder of DreamHost.

Ceph is designed to be scalable without a single point of failure: file data is striped across cluster nodes and held in object stores. In May the software was added to release 12.04 of Ubuntu, which is Shuttleworth's Linux distribution, and will feature in build 12.10 next month. Developers on the Ceph team have been active in the OpenStack cloud effort, and Ceph is used in Ubuntu as an OpenStack storage component.

In a statement, Shuttleworth reckoned Ceph will help enterprise-grade cloud service providers scale to meet demand effectively.

“I'm delighted to support the team behind Ceph in their goal of building a commercial success story around this tremendous technology, as an investor in Inktank,” Shuttleworth said.

The Ceph source code is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License and is POSIX compatible, and its developers reckon their software can deliver virtually unlimited storage. According to the project's website:

Ceph’s file system runs on top of the same object storage system that provides object storage and block device interfaces. The Ceph metadata server cluster provides a service that maps the directories and file names of the file system to objects stored within RADOS clusters. The metadata server cluster can expand or contract, and it can rebalance the file system dynamically to distribute data evenly among cluster hosts. This ensures high performance and prevents heavy loads on specific hosts within the cluster.

Inktank offers consulting and support for Ceph, and it targets enterprises, service providers, startups and organisations needing high-performance computing. The startup's president and chief operating officer Bryan Bogensberger claimed demand for Ceph has been extraordinary. ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.