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Philip Williams

Philip Williams

19 posts

Phil Williams is a Product Leader at Canonical responsible for Ceph and other storage solutions. He has over 15 years experience in the storage industry, having previously been responsible for storage infrastructure and products at EMC, Yahoo!, Rackspace and Mirantis.


Philip Williams
8 February 2024

Cloud storage security best practices

Ceph Article

Secure your data by using Ceph’s security features How can I securely store data in a cloud storage system? Data is like the crown jewels of any organisation, if lost or exposed there could be severe repercussions.  Failure to protect against system failure could lead to the loss of business data rendering a business non-functional ...


Philip Williams
5 December 2023

Edge storage with MicroCeph

Ceph Article

Here, there, everywhere – MicroCeph makes edge storage easy Data is everywhere, not just in large centralised data centres, but in smaller outposts, like retail outlets, remote or branch offices, filming locations and even cars. Use cases for edge storage include local processing, content collaboration that cannot take place with high net ...


Philip Williams
21 November 2023

Cloud backup: improve your disaster recovery plans

Ceph Article

Say goodbye to tape, and hello to flexible cloud backup. Today the lowest cost media per terabyte for backups is still tape, even after factoring in the handling costs of manually loading and unloading tape libraries, and logistics surrounding off-site storage. However, while inexpensive, tapes are inflexible. And when used as an offline ...


Philip Williams
19 October 2023

Ceph storage for Kubernetes

Ceph Article

Opposites attract.  Stateful and stateless. Storage and container management systems are almost polar opposites of each other.  One deals with permanently storing, and protecting data for as long as it’s needed.  The other automatically manages highly dynamic workloads, scaling resources up and down as required.   More organisations are t ...


Philip Williams
6 September 2023

Cloud storage for enterprises

Ceph Article

Any data-centric organisation faces the prospect of data growth at some point in their existence; it is estimated that more than 2,500 Petabytes (PB) of new data is created every day. While only a few organisations will ever have to deal with that kind of scale, it is important to plan ahead for your own ...


Philip Williams
2 August 2023

Meet the Canonical team at stackconf 2023

Cloud and server Article

Date: 13-14 September,  2023 Location: Berlin, Germany Join us for stackconf at the NH Hotel Alexanderplatz to learn about the latest developments in open source technology.  Find out how to accelerate your development and deployment cycles, and how to make your operations more robust and efficient with mature infrastructure stacks like O ...


Philip Williams
25 May 2023

Secure containerised Ceph with Ubuntu container images

Ceph Article

As we announced at Cephalocon 2023 in Amsterdam, Canonical has started to make container images for Ceph available.  We received lots of questions at the booth about what it means to the average Ceph user who has or wants to deploy Ceph on Ubuntu.   In this blog post, we will cover the benefits to users ...


Philip Williams
14 April 2023

Cloud storage at the edge with MicroCeph

Ceph Article

Over the years, our enterprise data centre users have told us how much they love the end to end experience of an application-centric solution like Juju to manage their entire infrastructure.  Juju is a software operator framework that abstracts the specifics of operating complex software and makes it simple and straightforward to deploy, ...


Philip Williams
22 March 2023

Meet the Canonical Ceph team at Cephalocon 2023

Ceph Article

Date: April 16-18th, 2023 Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands In just a few weeks, Cephalocon will be held at the Pakhuis de Zwijger cultural centre in Amsterdam.  After a pandemic induced hiatus, this will be the first major gathering of Ceph developers and users in almost 4 years! Canonical Ubuntu is proud to be sponsoring the event. ...


Philip Williams
19 January 2023

Cloud storage pricing – how to optimise TCO

Ceph Article

The flexibility of public cloud infrastructure allows for little to no upfront expense, and is great when starting a venture or testing an idea.  But once a dataset grows and becomes predictable, it can become a significant base cost, compounded further by additional costs depending on how you are consuming that data. Public clouds were ...


Philip Williams
10 November 2022

What is object storage?

Ceph Article

Object storage is a type of storage where data is manipulated as distinct units. It has accompanied the cloud computing revolution, with S3 (Simple Storage Service) being the very first AWS service. The API for which later turned into the industry standard for the majority of object stores. Object stores have a very simplistic interface, ...


Philip Williams
25 August 2022

Open-source storage for beginners with Ceph

Ceph Article

Modern organisations have become reliant on their IT capabilities, and at the heart of that infrastructure is a growing need to store data. Be it transactional databases, file shares, or burgeoning data lakes for business analytics. Traditionally, storage needs have been catered to by big iron hardware vendors, but over the last decade, m ...


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