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At Ceph Day Berlin, yesterday (November 12)  the Linux Foundation announced the launch of the Ceph Foundation. A total of 31 organizations have come together to launch the Ceph Foundation including industries like ARM, Intel, Harvard and many more. The foundation aims to bring industry members together to support the Ceph open source community.

What is Ceph?

Ceph is an open source distributed storage technology that provides storage services for many of the world’s largest container and OpenStack deployments. The range of organizations using Ceph is vast. They include financial institutions like Bloomberg and Fidelity, cloud service providers like Rackspace and Linode, car manufacturers like BMW, and software firms like SAP and Salesforce.

The main aim of the Ceph Foundation

The main focus of the foundation is to raise money via annual membership fees from industry members. The combined pool of funds will then be spent in support of the Ceph community. The team has already raised around half a million dollars for their first year which will be used to support the Ceph project infrastructure, cloud infrastructure services, internships, and community events. The new foundation will provide a forum for community members and industry stakeholders to meet and discuss project status, development and promotional activities, community events, and strategic direction. The Ceph Foundation replaces the Ceph Advisory Board formed back in 2015.

According to a Linux Foundation statement, the Ceph Foundation, will “organize and distribute financial contributions in a coordinated, vendor-neutral fashion for immediate community benefit”

Ceph has an ambitious plan for new initiatives once the foundation gets properly functional. Some of these include:

  • Expansion of and improvements to the hardware lab used to develop and test Ceph
  • An events team to help plan various programs and targeted regional or local events
  • Investment in strategic integrations with other projects and ecosystems
  • Programs around interoperability between Ceph-based products and services
  • Internships, training materials, and much more!

The Ceph Foundation will provide an open, collaborative, and neutral home for project stakeholders to coordinate their development and community investments in the Ceph ecosystem. You can head over to their blog to know more about this news.

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