Red Hat Ceph Storage is a great storage solution, but the management console could be better
October 25, 2017

Red Hat Ceph Storage is a great storage solution, but the management console could be better

Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with Red Hat Ceph Storage

I used Red Hat Ceph Storage by deploying it within a larger PoC setup for a customer. The customer required a storage solution for storing VM disks and user data (files etc.).

Red Hat Ceph Storage was also used as a storage backend for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV).

Since this was a PoC project, this solution was only used for a specific time.
  • Very scalable solution
  • Providing very fast storage
  • Very good integration with KVM, libvirt and OpenStack through Cinder
  • Deployment of Ceph cluster through the Management Console might fail in some cases; better error reporting would be a good improvement there.
  • The Management Console should provide more options for configuring the Ceph cluster in detail.
  • There should be a mechanism for distributing ceph.conf to all nodes.
  • Ceph allows my customer to scale out very fast.
  • Ceph allows distributing storage objects through multiple server rooms.
  • Ceph is fault-taulerant, meaning the customer can lose a server room and would still be able to access the storage.
  • LizardFS, DRBD and GlusterFS
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.
Red Hat Ceph Storage is very well suited for providing fast and scalable object storage and storage for virtualization hosts. One of the main advantages is that Ceph allows horizontal scaling by adding more and more nodes within hours. A scenario where using Ceph is less appropriate is when one needs a distributed, POSIX-compliant filesystem. While CephFS is considered as production ready, there are other better solutions in many cases.