Success Story

Massachusetts Open Cloud supports big data analysis with open source storage


Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC), a nonprofit initiative of universities, government organizations, and businesses, needed reliable, cost-effective storage to support its public and private clouds. With help from Red Hat®, MOC deployed a scalable, high-performance storage platform as the foundation for collaboration, innovative research, and big data analytics. MOC’s new storage solution reduced IT costs by using a cost-effective, open source platform and industry-standard hardware.

Icon-Red_Hat-Media_and_documents-Quotemark_Open-B-Red-RGB We needed a cost-effective, reliable, and scalable storage solution to accommodate the large amounts of data our researchers work with. We found it with Red Hat Ceph Storage.

Piyanai Saowarattitada

Director of Engineering, Massachusetts Open Cloud

    North America
    Boston, MA
  • SIZE
    30 employees supporting 100 researchers, students, and industry collaborators


Enable collaborative research

MOC was formed to develop a common, cloud-based infrastructure for businesses, governments, and nonprofits to create and share cloud technologies and analyze big data to better understand and serve customers. MOC needed an open source public cloud storage solution to help users conduct innovative research and take advantage of the latest technology from local providers. By choosing an open source solution, MOC could use industry-standard servers and scale as needed to cost-effectively support growth.


Deploy high-performance, open source storage

After deploying OpenStack® as its infrastructure foundation, MOC chose Red Hat Ceph Storage for its storage solution. With expert Red Hat training and support, MOC built and deployed its Ceph environment using hardware donations from technology vendors. MOC now runs three storage clusters: a production environment, a research and experimental cluster, and an internal testing cluster. “We needed a cost-effective, reliable, and scalable storage solution to accommodate the large amounts of data our researchers work with,” said Piyanai Saowarattitada, director of Engineering at MOC. “We found it with Red Hat Ceph Storage.”

Software & Services


  • Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS CD10000 with 123 TB storage

  • 48 x Cisco UCSC220 rack servers

  • 10 x Lenovo servers with 500TB storage

  • 16 x Dell PowerEdge M620 blades with 108TB storage

Business Outcome

Build a foundation for research innovation

With its new storage solution, MOC can expand its storage network to meet researchers’ growing needs for developing innovative, data-intensive applications and performing detailed analysis. “Red Hat Ceph Storage provides a solid, scalable platform for big data applications, letting our researchers focus on analytics and innovation instead of data collection and storage,” said Saowarattitada. By running the solution on industry-standard hardware, MOC reduced its overall technology expenses and increased reliability.

Icon-Red_Hat-Media_and_documents-Quotemark_Open-B-Red-RGB Red Hat has been our core partner and has been incredibly responsive to our needs from the beginning. The Red Hat Ceph Storage team is excellent … That support really sped up the implementation.

Piyanai Saowarattitada

Director of Engineering, Massachusetts Open Cloud

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