Ceph: Designing and Implementing Scalable Storage Systems

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  • Understand the benefits of using Ceph as a storage solution
  • Combine Ceph with OpenStack, Cinder, Glance, and Nova components
  • Set up a test cluster with Ansible and virtual machine with VirtualBox
  • Develop solutions with Librados and shared object classes
  • Configure BlueStore and see its interaction with other configurations
  • Tune, monitor, and recover storage systems effectively
  • Build an erasure-coded pool by selecting intelligent parameters

This Learning Path takes you through the basics of Ceph all the way to gaining in-depth understanding of its advanced features. You’ll gather skills to plan, deploy, and manage your Ceph cluster. After an introduction to the Ceph architecture and its core projects, you’ll be able to set up a Ceph cluster and learn how to monitor its health, improve its performance, and troubleshoot any issues. By following the step-by-step approach of this Learning Path, you’ll learn how Ceph integrates with OpenStack, Glance, Manila, Swift, and Cinder. With knowledge of federated architecture and CephFS, you’ll use Calamari and VSM to monitor the Ceph environment. In the upcoming chapters, you’ll study the key areas of Ceph, including BlueStore, erasure coding, and cache tiering. More specifically, you’ll discover what they can do for your storage system. In the concluding chapters, you will develop applications that use Librados and distributed computations with shared object classes, and see how Ceph and its supporting infrastructure can be optimized.

By the end of this Learning Path, you'll have the practical knowledge of operating Ceph in a production environment.

This Learning Path includes content from the following Packt products:

  • Ceph Cookbook by Michael Hackett, Vikhyat Umrao and Karan Singh
  • Mastering Ceph by Nick Fisk
  • Learning Ceph, Second Edition by Anthony D'Atri, Vaibhav Bhembre and Karan Singh
  • Explore Ceph's architecture in detail
  • Implement a Ceph cluster successfully and gain deep insights into its best practices
  • Leverage the advanced features of Ceph, including erasure coding, tiering, and BlueStore
Page Count 606
Course Length 18 hours 10 minutes
ISBN 9781788295413
Date Of Publication 31 Jan 2019


Michael Hackett

Michael Hackett is a storage and SAN expert in customer support. He has been working on Ceph and storage-related products for over 12 years. Apart from this, he holds several storage and SAN-based certifications and prides himself on his ability to troubleshoot and adapt to new complex issues. Michael is currently working at Red Hat, based in Massachusetts, where he is a principal software maintenance engineer for Red Hat Ceph and the technical product lead for the global Ceph team. Michael lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Nicole, his two sons, and their dog. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys time with his family.

Vikhyat Umrao

Vikhyat Umrao has 9 years of experience with distributed storage products as a sustenance engineer and in the last couple of years, he has been working on software-defined storage technology, with specific expertise in Ceph Unified Storage. He has been working on Ceph for over 3 years now and in his current position at Red Hat, he focuses on the support and development of Ceph to solve Red Hat Ceph storage customer issues and upstream reported issues. He is based in the Greater Boston area, where he is a principal software maintenance engineer for Red Hat Ceph Storage. Vikhyat lives with his wife, Pratima, and he likes to explore new places.

Karan Singh

Karan is an IT expert and passionate tech enthusiast living with his beautiful wife Monika in Finland. He holds Honours degree in Bachelor of Computer Science and a Master degree in System Engineering from BITS, Pilani. Apart from this, he is a certified professional for technologies like OpenStack, NetApp and Oracle Solaris.

Karan is currently working as a System Specialist of Storage and Cloud Platform for CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. focusing all his energies on providing IaaS cloud solutions based on OpenStack and Ceph and building economic multi-petabyte storage system using Ceph. Karan possesses a rich skill set and working experience of a variety of cloud technologies. He devotes a part of his time to R&D and learning technologies. He is also the author of the very first book on Ceph titled Learning Ceph, published in 2014.

Karan possesses extensive system administration skills and has excellent working experience on a variety of Unix environments, backup, enterprise storage systems, and cloud platforms. When not working on Ceph and OpenStack, Karan can be found working with Configuration management, containers and devops related tools.

He loves writing about technologies and is an avid blogger. You can reach him on Twitter.

Nick Fisk

Nick Fisk is an IT specialist with a strong history in enterprise storage. Having worked in a variety of roles throughout his career, he has encountered a wide variety of technologies. In 2012, Nick was given the opportunity to focus more on open source technologies, and this is where he got his first exposure to Ceph. Having seen the potential of Ceph as a storage platform and the benefits of moving away from the traditional closed stack storage platforms, Nick pursued Ceph with keen interest.

Throughout the following years, his experience with Ceph increased with the deployment of several clusters and enabled him to spend time in the Ceph community, helping others and improving certain areas of Ceph.

Anthony D'Atri

Anthony D'Atri's career in system administration spans from laptops to vector supercomputers. He has brought his passion for fleet management and server components to bear on a holistic yet, detailed approach to deployment and operations. His experience with architecture, operation, and troubleshooting of NetApp, ZFS, SVM, and other storage systems dovetailed neatly into Ceph. Anthony worked for three years at Cisco using Ceph as a petabyte-scale object and block backend to multiple OpenStack clouds. Now helping deliver awesome storage to droplet customers of DigitalOcean, Anthony aims to help the growing community build success with Ceph.

Vaibhav Bhembre

Vaibhav Bhembre is a systems programmer working currently as a technical lead for cloud storage products at DigitalOcean. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Mumbai and a master's degree in computer science from the State University of New York in Buffalo. Before joining DigitalOcean, Vaibhav wore multiple hats and lead the backend engineering and reliability engineering teams at Sailthru Inc. From helping to scale dynamically generated campaign sends to over million users at a time, to architecting a cloud-scale compute and storage platform, Vaibhav has years of experience writing software across all layers of the stack.

During his time as a student, Vaibhav co-published a novel graph algorithm that optimally computed closeness and betweenness in an incrementally updating social network. He also made changes to a highly available distributed file-system built on top of iRODs data management framework as his master's project. This system, that was actively used across more than 10+ educational institutions live, was his foray into large-scale distributed storage and his transition into using Ceph professionally was only natural.