SUSE shuts down Ceph-based SES, transitions to Rancher’s Longhorn

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SUSE is done with its Ceph-based SUSE Enterprise Storage product. The German Linux shop did not officially announce the decision but it informed some of its partners and customers in December.

The Register was alerted to the impending end of SES, via a post in the Ceph-users list by Adam Boyhan on February 16th. He said that he was informed that SUSE is shutting down SES.

A cursory look at the SUSE shop shows that you can’t purchase SES. The Register asked Thomas Di Giacomo, the Chief Technology and Product Officer at SUSE about it.

What did they say?

The reply came back in the form of an email that said SUSE continued to support all existing SUSE Enterprise Storage customers and partners. The support will remain in place, including options for customers and partners to expand their capacities based on their deployment requirements.

The statement said that the latest version of SUSE Enterprise Storage was released at the end of 2020. SUSE is also going to leverage Longhorn (which came with the Rancher acquisition) for storage deployments.

Di Giacomo says that new IT requirements are evolving and the world continues to adopt containers, prompting SUSE to work on storage solutions.

The future

SUSE acquired Rancher Labs in December 2020. The company was a Kubernetes management software vendor. It was around the same time SES was scrapped.

Ceph is an open-source distributed object storage platform that supports file and block access protocols. It was first released in 2012 as a stable platform and rose from there. Red Hat remains the most prominent Ceph supporter, and still uses it in the OpenShift Container Storage platform.

Red Hat also bought Inktank, the main developer of Ceph, in 2014.