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Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Blob Storage

For cold backups, archive data, and if you need cheap online storage that will not be regularly accessed. Also very good for streaming videos or audio files, for example, if you have an online education portal, you can store all the video files in Blob storage and then just load them on your website. The same applies for storing website content, pdfs, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

It is absolutely, hands down the best storage solution for Open Stack. I would even argue it is the only solution if a company is operating at petabyte scale and need resiliency. The storage solution allows any organization to scale their environment using commodity hardware from top to bottom. It has a battle tested track record where it is even being used as the data storage back end for the Large Hadron Collider at Cern
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Azure Blob Storage

  • Reduced cost. We were able to reduce our storage infrastructure by several hundred terabytes by consolidating redundant copies and dedupe/compression on files.
  • Extremely high level of redundancy. We can replicate data in a variety of ways that we would never have been capable of on our own hardware.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

  • Very scalable solution
  • Providing very fast storage
  • Very good integration with KVM, libvirt and OpenStack through Cinder
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure Blob Storage

  • One thing we wish was done better is more guidance for building it out from day one. We did not know what we were doing and until we hired an implementation person that understood what we wanted to do. We spent a lot of time and money doing things over several times.
  • Help customers hook up with talented (local) implementation specialists would be great.
Richard Peterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

  • Ceph is very difficult to set up when we used it. One had to be very careful in how they assigned their crush maps and cache tiering to get it to work right otherwise performance would be impacted and data would not be distributed evenly. From the .96 version I ran, it really is intended to be used for massive data centers in the petabytes. Beyond that the command line arguments for ceph-deploy and ceph are very involved. I would strongly recommend this as a back end for Open Stack with a dedicated Linux savvy storage engineer. Red Hat also said they are working to turn Calamari in to a full featured front end to manage OSD nodes which should make this much easier to manage in the future.
  • It should not be run off of VMs themselves since it is not optimized for a VM Kernel. This advice is coming directly from Red Hat. Unfortunately this means that smaller use cases are out of the question since it literally requires 10 physical machines, each with their own OS to become individual OSD nodes.
  • I believe this is an issue with the OSDs and not the monitors which ran fine for us in a virtual machine environment.
  • We where looking at using this as a NFS work alike and in our experiments encountered a couple of issues. the MDS server struggled to mount the CephFS file system on more than a few systems without seizing up. This isn't a huge concern when it is used as a back end for Open Stack however when using this as shared storage for production data on a web cluster proved to be problematic to us. We also would have liked to have NFS access to the Ceph monitors so we could attach this to VMWare in order to store our VMDKs since VMWare does not support mounting CephFS. When we spoke with VMWare about 7 months ago they said NFS support is in the pipeline which will address all of these concerns.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Azure Blob Storage

Azure Blob Storage 8.4
Based on 6 answers
Documentation sometimes appears to be out of date or not fully documented properly with new releases. It is like documentation comes out for a specific version and is quickly out of date. Another issue is documentation is scarce on new releases and only seems to get properly updated (and sometimes is still wrong) once enough people hit the forums to complain.
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Red Hat Ceph Storage

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Alternatives Considered

Azure Blob Storage

Azure Blob is the only major cloud object storage platform that we use today.
Michael Ward | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

Red Hat Ceph storage offers an object store, which the other solutions do not. In addition, it is perfect for providing scalable block storage to virtualization products.
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure Blob Storage

  • Azure Blob Storage is just way cheaper than anything we could afford to do on-prem. Forecasting spend is way easier with predictable growth than it is with large capital expenditures every few years, and that ability to grow or shrink dynamically is simplifies things.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Red Hat Ceph Storage

  • CephFS was unable to handle several mounts at the same time. We will revisit NFS capabilities once available.
  • We gained quit a bit of experience with Ceph and we have a cluster on hand if our storage vendor doesn't pan out at any time in the future.
  • It had a negative impact in the time it took for us to test set up and test the cluster. Like I explained earlier, it was quite difficult to set up for experimentation. That said though, we have a very broad understanding of Ceph for our future products.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure Blob Storage

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Azure Blob Storage Editions & Modules

Edition
Block Blobs$0.00811
Azure Data Lake Storage$0.00811
Managed Discs$1.542
Files$0.0583
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  3. per GB/per month
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Red Hat Ceph Storage

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Red Hat Ceph Storage Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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