Calxeda and Inktank Team to Deliver Transformative Ceph-Based Storage Platform

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Ceph Storage Optimized on Calxeda Delivers Improved Density, Reliability and Significant Cost Savings

Calxeda, a leader in the low power server market, today unveiled its partnership with Inktank, the company delivering the Ceph Distributed Storage System. The companies are working together to optimize Ceph’s performance and stability on the Calxeda server architecture in order to provide the market with a transformative storage platform. This collaborative effort, which also includes several eager customers and OEMs, will result in fully benchmarked, Inktank-certified reference architectures hitting the market early this summer.

The combination of Ceph and Calxeda creates a storage system that fully leverages Ceph’s software-defined storage architecture and Calxeda’s low-power, high density server architecture to increase scalability, manageability, reliability and significantly lower overall acquisition and operational costs. This platform is the ideal system for tackling the challenges of use case proliferation (legacy, big data, cloud, etc.), overall data growth explosion, and ongoing cost pressures being felt within enterprises and service providers today.

“There is a paradigm shift occurring in the storage industry: explosive data growth is causing everyone to re-evaluate their existing solutions,” said Barry Evans, Calxeda CEO. “The ’old way’ of doing things is just not viable; it is too costly to sustain at the rate and pace of growing business needs. Our low power servers combined with the Ceph open source storage system and Inktank’s expertise meets emerging business needs.”

Ceph is an open source, fully distributed, software-defined storage system that is highly scalable, self-managing and runs on commodity hardware. Ceph uniquely delivers object, block, and file storage in an integrated system that satisfies the majority of the use cases for enterprises today. By collaborating with Inktank – the Ceph experts – Calxeda is enabling its OEM partners to deliver a next-gen storage solution optimized for ARM-based servers, ideal for businesses building public or private clouds and for virtual image storage infrastructure.

“There is tremendous demand from customers and OEMs alike for Inktank and Calxeda to combine forces to take on the incumbents in both the storage and server markets,” said Bryan Bogensberger, CEO of Inktank. “We are working quickly to enable and optimize Ceph on Calxeda to both better support those who have already combined the solutions themselves and to make it easier for those new to this opportunity to evaluate, adopt, operate and benefit from this transformative storage platform.”

Calxeda-based servers deployed with Ceph enable storage servers that focus first on performance of the disk and network, critical in distributed storage appliances.

The Ceph architecture is designed to distribute a storage cluster over multiple servers. When one server goes down, the rest of the cluster automatically heals itself. As the number of servers for a specific cluster size increases, failure rates decrease and the healing process takes less time and resources. Calxeda ARM-based servers enable Ceph clusters to have more servers and thus lower failure rates and more efficient healing, all in the same amount of space and with reduced power consumption. The result is that Calxeda servers deliver better performance per dollar at reduced power consumption and better rack density.

Customers can download and install Ceph from or seamlessly install Ceph as an Ubuntu server package provided by Canonical. Data center customers as well as systems partners requiring support may now benefit from professional services provided by Inktank. For more information on a Calxeda-enabled Ceph deployment, see

About Inktank

Inktank is the company delivering Ceph—the massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system. Launched by some of the leading developers of Ceph, Inktank is dedicated to helping organizations fully leverage the transformative power of Ceph to decrease storage costs, increase operational flexibility and help free them 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 for more information or follow us on Twitter at @inktank.

About Ceph

Ceph, The Future of Storage™, is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware. Ceph has been developed from the ground up to deliver object, block, and file system storage in a single software platform that is self-managing, self-healing and has no single point of failure. Consuming Ceph storage is easy because it is in the mainline Linux kernel and has many userland implementations. For example, Ceph can be accessed through the kernel, via Hadoop, Samba and FUSE, via the S3 and Swift APIs, and via the OpenStack™ and Apache CloudStack cloud operating systems. Because of its open source, scalable, software defined storage architecture, Ceph is an ideal replacement for legacy storage systems and object and block storage for cloud computing environments.

About Calxeda
Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter with revolutionary server-on-a-chip technology. Calxeda currently employs 100 professionals in Austin Texas and the Silicon Valley area. Calxeda is funded by a unique syndicate comprising industry leading venture capital firms and semiconductor innovators, including ARM Holdings, Advanced Technology Investment Company, Austin Ventures, Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Vulcan Capital. See for more information.

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