IT organizations of the future (and present) are faced with managing infrastructure that spans multiple private data centers and multiple public clouds. Emerging tools and operational patterns like kubernetes and microservices are easing the process of deploying applications across multiple environments, but the achilles heel of such efforts remains that most applications require large quantities of state, either in databases, object stores, or file systems. Unlike stateless microservices, state is hard to move.
Ceph is known for providing scale-out file, block, and object storage within a single data center, but it also includes a robust set of multi-cluster federation capabilities. This talk will cover how Ceph's underlying multi-site capabilities complement and enable true portability across cloud footprints--public and private--and how viewing Ceph from a multi-cloud perspective has fundamentally shifted our data services roadmap, especially for Ceph object storage.
Attendees should expect to learn
- Background and current status of existing Ceph multi-cluster capabilities, including RBD mirroring and RGW object federation
- How the RGW roadmap is being recast as data services provider that acts as a gateway to an distributed topology of storage providers (include multiple Ceph clusters and/or external public or private cloud object stores) instead of an object gateway to a single Ceph cluster
- All about CephFS upcoming multi-cluster capabilities
- How new container platforms like kubernetes and multi-cloud operators will leverage Ceph's underlying capabilities to simplify application portability across multiple cloud footprints