SUSE's SES 3: Get scalable storage at a budget-friendly price

If your enterprise needs a flexible, reliable storage solution that won't break the bank, Jack Wallen recommends checking out SUSE's SES 3.

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Many companies wind up shelling out massive amounts of money so they can afford to grow storage to fit their ever-expanding needs. It doesn't have to be this way.

SUSE Enterprise Storage (SES) 3 is a scalable, resilient solution that can provide a unified software-defined storage cluster. It can also offer applications with object and block storage with scalability up to petabytes. Plus, SES 3 can be run on commodity, off-the-shelf servers and drives -- no proprietary hardware components necessary. According to SUSE, this could save enterprises up to 50% over traditional storage arrays and appliances; in certain deployments, that could be a sizable chunk of change.

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Nils Brauckmann, CEO of SUSE, had this to say regarding the release of SUSE's storage offerings:

"We are entering an era when data will be the real differentiator among companies and competitors. Those that can effectively collect, store and analyze huge amounts of data will be able to outmaneuver others in the market. This solution is built to provide customers a strong foundation for their future data growth."

Scalability is key for any enterprise. Scalability and affordability, however, can mean the difference between being able to expand to truly meet your needs versus struggling to meet those needs. Believe it or not, equal parts affordability and expandability is a thing...a thing brought to you by one of the most trusted names in open source enterprise solutions: SUSE.

Powered by the Jewel release of Ceph (the most popular OpenStack distributed storage solution on the planet), SES 3 separates the physical storage hardware from the data storage logic to provide an intelligent software-defined storage solution that is scalable, self-managing, highly available, and flexible. The feature list includes:

  • Cache tiering
  • Thin provisioning
  • Copy-on-write clones
  • Erasure coding
  • Heterogeneous OS block access (iSCSI)
  • Unified object, block, and file system access
  • APIs for programmatic access
  • OpenStack integration
  • Online scalability of nodes or capacity
  • Online software updates
  • Data-at-rest encryption
  • POSIX-compliant CEPH file system
  • Multisite object replication
  • Simplified management

Why not just use CEPH?

There are two main reasons why you would want to go with SES 3 over Ceph. The first is integration into the SUSE ecosystem; if you employ SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, you can trust that SES 3 will be tightly integrated with the SUSE platform. The second is support; SUSE offers world-class support for its products, and its storage solution is no exception.

SEE: Building the Software Defined Data Center (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature)

There's yet another reason your company might want to join the SUSE community: SUSE recently announced a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver HPE Scalable Object Storage Solution, which uses SES 3. This solution is supported on the HPE Apollo 4000 servers, the HPE ProLiant DL380 server, and the HPE Cloudline CL5200 servers. This solution is also integrated and certified to work with HPE Data Protector.


In order to get a price quote, you have to give SUSE a call. You can even download a free, 14-day trial of SES 3.

Technology you can depend upon

SUSE SES 3 lives up to everything Linux has to offer and more. If you're looking for a storage solution that will exceed your needs and not your budget, SES 3 might be the ideal choice.

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