ceph-deploy tool is a way to deploy Ceph relying only upon SSH access to
sudo, and some Python. It runs on your workstation, and does
not require servers, databases, or any other tools. If you set up and
tear down Ceph clusters a lot, and want minimal extra bureaucracy,
ceph-deploy is an ideal tool. The
ceph-deploy tool is not a generic
deployment system. It was designed exclusively for Ceph users who want to get
Ceph up and running quickly with sensible initial configuration settings without
the overhead of installing Chef, Puppet or Juju. Users who want fine-control
over security settings, partitions or directory locations should use a tool
such as Juju, Puppet, Chef or Crowbar.
ceph-deploy, you can develop scripts to install Ceph packages on remote
hosts, create a cluster, add monitors, gather (or forget) keys, add OSDs and
metadata servers, configure admin hosts, and tear down the clusters.