Data Storage in the Modern Development Landscape

Today’s business world waits for no one. To work as quickly and efficiently as possible, many businesses have adopted DevOps teams that continuously upgrade their offerings, but this approach typically demands increased data storage capacity.

Meanwhile, all this data needs to be kept secure, since the threat of cyberattacks continues to accelerate at the same time. The good news is that an open-source solution has matured to the point that it can now meet companies’ data storage needs in this modern development landscape.

What is DevOps?

The DevOps approach is characterized by teams made up of both software developers and IT operations experts who work together continuously to improve the company’s efficiency as well as the customer experience. Previously, whenever an update was needed, software engineers would have to make manual changes in the code and conduct quality assurance checks, which could take weeks — or even months. If bugs were found, the timeline could become protracted.

DevOps automates many parts of this process, such as testing and deployment, enabling businesses to make revisions much faster. Indeed, DevOps experts can even update the system multiple times in a single day.

The DevOps mindset also encourages collaboration, since people with different specialties join together in working toward the same goals, creating tight-knit teams with members who empathize with one another and take collective responsibility for outcomes. As a result, the business’s applications tend to operate as smoothly as possible and provide the most value possible to consumers.

It’s for good reason, therefore, that DevOps has become a major trend in how businesses scale their operations today. However, this approach also raises challenges for data storage.

The challenge of sufficient data storage

The need for increased data storage has spiked in the last few years. According to a Physics professor at the University of Portsmouth, the world produced 33 ZettaBytes (ZB) of data in 2018, which shot up to 59 ZB by 2020.

Projections suggest that humanity will stagger under 175 ZB of data by 2025, which would constitute a threefold increase in only five years. The threat of running out of room continually raises its head, particularly while scaling operations, so the more data your business can store, the better.

What would it be like to have a storage solution that can quickly and easily scale up alongside the rest of your company? What would it be like to have data storage that’s just as flexible and expandable as the rest of your DevOps efforts? What if that data storage solution could be so secure, that you would never have to worry about losing an iota of data?

Well, such a solution already exists: an open-source approach with a longstanding and vibrant community of users from a wide range of businesses and organizations.

The open-source data storage solution: Ceph

For many years, the Ceph open-source data storage system has been quietly growing in both academic and commercial circles, reliably supporting storage for production applications. Through the diligent efforts of a large community of IT experts who have always believed in this tool’s unique potential, it has improved and grown. Today, Ceph has developed to the point that it can fulfill most of the data storage needs of virtually every known organization or business at a far lower cost than many alternatives.

In my experience, many DevOps professionals tend to be skeptical of this claim, since Ceph has long had a reputation for being hard to deploy and manage. If your business or organization doesn’t already have team members who have experience working with and adapting Ceph, the tool can indeed look this way at first blush, but Ceph-based management systems have been developed that turn this legendary monster into your favorite new housepet.

There’s no longer any need to develop, revise, and update Ceph yourself. With the help of these fully customizable new applications, teams of Ceph experts can ensure that this open-source tool submits to the ever-evolving demands your business’s expansion requires. Plus, you’ll never run out of data storage since Ceph offers seamless and virtually unlimited expansion for your storage capacity.

Additionally, these Ceph management solutions enable you to protect your data so you never lose a single bit. Ceph is so cost-effective to implement and run that you can establish widely distributed data centers upon which to store multiple copies of your data. Even if one should suffer from a cataclysmic event or natural disaster, your users’ and consumers’ experience won’t be interrupted.

Never worry about data storage again

The use cases for Ceph-based data storage solutions are many. In my experience, most businesses and organizations can benefit from taking advantage of this open-source data storage opportunity, from eCommerce stores to scientific research institutions.

If you’re tired of always worrying about hitting a data storage limit, it’s time to consider shifting to a Ceph-based storage solution. Imagine never having to worry about storage capacity again — that’s what today’s Ceph-based applications can do for you.

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About Author

Martin Verges founded croit GmbH in 2017 to develop innovative, stable, and reliable Ceph-based storage solutions to help businesses scale. Since then he has been building up the company as CEO with robust growth without external financing. In 2022, he also took over the establishment of the US branch of the company and is responsible for its worldwide success. Today croit employs employees and freelancers worldwide and offers excellent follow-the-sun support to its customers. croit GmbH is a founding member of the Ceph Foundation and an active member of the Ceph community.