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Ceph Distributed Storage Fundamentals (February 2020)

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About This Course

The Ceph Distributed Storage Fundamentals module is our technical deep dive into the Ceph distributed storage platform. This course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of Ceph's architecture, design, and implementation.

This course contains a total of 27 lessons including 12 hands-on labs. You can expect to spend about 30-60 minutes on each lesson.


At the end of the class you will

  • Know and understand the design and architecture of the Ceph platform;
  • Understand the relative strengths and weaknesses, stability, and suitability for production of various Ceph components;
  • Be able to design and deploy a Ceph cluster in a production environment;
  • Understand the Ceph object store (RADOS), RADOS Block Device (RBD), the Ceph filesystem (CephFS), and RADOS Gateway (RGW) for ReSTful object access.

In the interactive labs, you will use the ceph-ansible deployment method and the Ceph 14.2 Nautilus release, including the Ceph Nautilus web dashboard. You will also learn how to initially install your cluster with the long-running stable FileStore storage implementation, and then convert it online to the advanced high-performance BlueStore backend.

Course Staff

Florian Haas

Florian Haas

Drawing from a decade of experience in open source technology, Florian has been a user, occasional contributor, and advocate for Ceph since early 2012. He has participated in the implementation of many Ceph clusters of all sizes, and frequently consults on Ceph projects. He is also very active in the OpenStack community.

Adolfo Brandes

Adolfo Brandes

Adolfo is a Senior Consultant and instructor specializing in OpenStack deployment, contribution, and community involvement. As an open-source veteran with a decade-long background in software development, Adolfo is reponsible for most of City Network's contributions to Open edX (the platform that powers City Cloud Academy). He is passionate about open source and understands there's no better way to develop software.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to download or install anything?

No, all course material will be delivered on demand to your device via your web browser. Labs will be conducted online as well.

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.