October 19th  2021 - Solutions

STAR: a flexible storage infrastructure based on Ceph

Aqua Ray launched its STAR (Storage Object by Aqua Ray) offer in 2018 in order to propose to its customers to store their data in France, without any limits and at a competitive price. This offer has been successfully received and adopted by a large number of public entities.
In order to continue to offer this service in an efficient way, the Star offer is evolving and is now using Ceph, the open source storage technology.

Aqua Ray launched its STAR (Storage Object by Aqua Ray) offer in 2018 in order to propose to its customers to store their data in France, without any limits and at a competitive price. This offer has been successfully received and adopted by a large number of public entities.
In order to continue to offer this service in an efficient way, the Star offer is evolving and is now using Ceph, the open source storage technology.

Why this change

In a process of innovation and improvement, Aqua Ray decided to update the technical base of STAR, by abandoning OpenIO in favor of Ceph. This choice was motivated in particular by the fact that publisher support had been discontinued since the OpenIO technology was bought by OVH; also, because, among Ceph's functionalities, there is block and file storage which opens up new future perspectives for Aqua Ray.

In a process of innovation and improvement, Aqua Ray decided to update the technical base of STAR, by abandoning OpenIO in favor of Ceph. This choice was motivated in particular by the fact that publisher support had been discontinued since the OpenIO technology was bought by OVH; also, because, among Ceph's functionalities, there is block and file storage which opens up new future perspectives for Aqua Ray.

Star's infrastructure has several advantages, including the fact that it is :

Star's infrastructure has several advantages, including the fact that it is :

  • Resilient: It tolerates data loss with the ability to rebuild damaged data;
  • Distributed: Data is distributed among several machines, each with several storage volumes;
  • Geographically redundant: data is stored multiple times within the cluster.

We have chosen to set up two Ceph clusters on two geographically distinct sites, in order to allow our customers to save their data under any circumstances.
Ceph's features guarantee a trusted storage for our customers' data.

We have chosen to set up two Ceph clusters on two geographically distinct sites, in order to allow our customers to save their data under any circumstances.
Ceph's features guarantee a trusted storage for our customers' data.

« The Ceph technology is open source, so we can see how it's developed and what the public roadmap is on GitHub, which gives us much more visibility than we can get with a closed source project. » Guillaume de Lafond, CTO at Aqua Ray.

« The Ceph technology is open source, so we can see how it's developed and what the public roadmap is on GitHub, which gives us much more visibility than we can get with a closed source project. » Guillaume de Lafond, CTO at Aqua Ray.

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