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Software Defined Storage at Petabyte Scale

Deluxe OnDemand meets need for 100% reliability and 100Gbps performance

00Content Distribution, Customers

“Deluxe OnDemand started about four and a half years ago. And, originally our target was the rent-tailers and retailers – so providing a library of content to power their online video stores. And over time we’ve really morphed a little bit to help power cable operators. So, both to direct to the set-top for playback and also for their TV Everywhere strategies for a delivering video-on-demand content. We have to take in all the content from 200-plus different content providers; aggregate it all, normalize all the meta-data, create transform rules and as well as do all the video transcoding to all the various formats. So whether it’s for mobile tablet all the way up to 1080p, even your ultra high-def TV.

Our SLAs (Service Level Agreements) are very strict. We deliver direct to end consumers and when they push that play button they want to playback the movie. And that’s the main revenue source for, you know, the people selling the video-on-demand. And what we were doing was relying on the CDNs for the storage of the content. So now we are able to bring that back, and store it in house. And what it does is it- it’s actually enabled us to shrink our footprint required. So before we were having to store copies of the content multiple times, so whether it was for different DRM formats, different streaming formats, and different – I’d say multiple audio channels and things like that – we can now dynamically package that by having that content stored on our servers and use more advanced technology.

The Scality RING is a key part in terms of the storage – that’s where all the content exists that’s delivered to end consumers. So we’re storing all the movies and episodic content. So Scality overall has been a great technology for meeting the SLAs. So, in terms of being able to upgrade the RING, you know, while its live- you know it it’s pulling content from each of the nodes, so if one node is down you can still pull the content given the erasure coding. So, from an uptime and reliability – being able to do upgrades and being able to keep the data live all the time; it’s been a great solution. So you’re less reliant on the simple RAID groups that you get from hardware, you know. Now you have a large erasure coded content that’s spread across multiple hardware devices. So you can survive multiple hardware failures and it would be on multiple nodes, and you can ensure that your data integrity is safe. So even if you were to take down all the hardware and bring it back up, it’s the software essentially that’s maintaining the data across the disk.

The other benefits are really from a performance point of view; so anything that happens from a consumer point of view is, you know, they’re playing back movies – so it could be mobile devices as low as 250 kb or it could be ultra high-def content as high as 40 to 50 megabit. So having all those different requests for those, you know, small and large data sizes all coming back to Scality RING – it’s been able to deliver the performance we needed to serve millions of consumers. We needed close to the 100 Gigabit range, at times, for peak performance over time and the RING is able to provide that.

You know, the financial implications – it really saved us – you know – it’s going to save us millions of dollars over the next few years alone. We really wanted a solution that could evolve over time. We want to be able to continue to grow, be able to add more nodes, and with the software-defined storage we’re able to do that – and evolve over technologies and also use commodity hardware underneath. And it’s easily expandable that way, as well. You’re not tied down to one particular piece of hardware you can go to a new technology over time and keep adding new nodes of that nature and your data is still preserved. One of the biggest problems is, you know once you get petabytes and petabytes of data it’s not easy to move or copy off, and so you really have to pick a long-term solution.”


Being in three (or more) places at once

00Active Archive, Blog

Let me let you in on a little secret. Data can really be in two places at once. Or three. Or even more. And you can do this without specialized WAN acceleration technologies or overlay/virtualization technologies on top of your storage.

How is this possible?

First, you need software that can treat distributed hardware and bits as one logical entity. Second, you need to present those bits to customers in protocols they (or their computers) can understand like NFS or SMB. Third, you need to protect all the bits and tolerate issues like site failures. Finally, you need to be able to tolerate the moderate latencies (10-50ms) of metro networks.

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RTL II creates a petabyte-scale active archive using Scality RING

00Active Archive, Blog, Customers


Scality Interviews Hans-Josef Lauer, Manager of IT Operations at RTL II, a top German TV Station who built a petabyte-scale Active Archive with the Scality RING software.

“RTL II is a classical TV Broadcaster but by now it’s transforming more and more into a digital media house. We not only have content for the classical TV channels but also for online purposes for YouTube and also use the social networks to connect more and more people for those channels.

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Pushing Object Storage Toward Exascale

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It seems pretty clear that storage systems will hit exascale a few years before compute infrastructure does, and there are two reasons for that. First, the amount of storage that organizations require is growing at a much faster pace than the compute that chews on that data, and not just because media is getting richer but because we are saving more types of data in the hopes of extracting insight from it. Second, applications are much harder to parallelize and scale than is a sophisticated parallel storage system. Storage will therefore not only hit exascale first because we need it to, but because it can.

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Deluxe OnDemand uses Scality Ring to streamline its media workflow

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After finding outside content delivery networks insufficient for its multimedia storage needs, Deluxe OnDemand brought its data back in-house and now stores 2 PB on Scality Ring object storage.

“We have tremendous performance on reads,” Lamkin said. “We also like the fact that [Scality is] somewhat hardware agnostic. And as we grow, we can just add another storage node to the Scality Ring.”

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Scality Broadens Enterprise Adoption & Adds Self-Service Trial Of RING

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Today Scality announced that it has new and expanded deployments of its RING software in media and entertainment services, Deluxe OnDemand and Dailymotion, as well as Phoenix, a provider of cloud, managed IT services. Scality is also announcing the launch of a self-service RING trial that is available to anyone. Now everyone who would like to try a massive-scale, software-based storage platform can.

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06 24 2015 - Welcome to the Petabye Era - Erwan Menard

The Information Age drives Storage’s Petabyte Era


Software is Eating the Storage World. It’s Happening Here and Now – with Scality.

The ones who own data will win. That’s what defines the exploding “Information Age”. What does it mean to the Storage industry? Well, it opens the Petabyte era, which not only pushes the limits but challenges the fundamentals of Storage.

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Scality Broadens Enterprise Adoption as Deluxe OnDemand, Dailymotion, and Phoenix Depend on Scality RING for High Performance, 100% Reliable Storage

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Market Leaders Run Mission-Critical Applications with Hundreds of Millions of End Users on Scality; Company Launches First Self-Service Trial for Massive-Scale Software-Based Storage

San Francisco, CA – June 24, 2015 – Scality, the leader in software-based storage for the information age, today announced new and expanded RING deployments at Deluxe OnDemandTM, Dailymotion, and Phoenix. Since introducing the RING in 2010, Scality has made significant upgrades to the platform to help Service Providers, Cloud Service Providers, Media & Entertainment, Global Enterprises, and Governments easily transition to software-defined data centers. Advances like a native scale out file system, use case oriented performance enhancements, and OpenStack integration have led to new partnerships, customer acquisitions, and expanded deployments that cumulate in the support of over 500 million end users worldwide. Now, with today’s launch of the self-service RING Trial, anyone can evaluate the massive-scale, software-based storage platform firsthand. More info


Scality – A Revolutionary Approach

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Scality provides customers like Orange and SFR, Dailymotion, TF1 and RTL, who serve 300 million users worldwide, a software that provides highly reliable and efficient storage solutions at lower cost.

jlecat copyJérôme Lecat, CEO at Scality.

“Scality provides software for storing astronomical amounts of data reliably and efficiently, at lower cost.”

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Let’s Define "Software-defined Storage."


Every few years, a new buzzword pops up in the data storage industry. This is our cue to quibble over the exact definition, hopefully drumming up some interesting conversation in the process, mainstreaming the term, and pushing for clearer roadmaps from the participating vendors.

10 years ago, the word of the day was “virtualization.” 5 years ago, it was “cloud.” Today, I believe, it is “Software-defined.”
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Changing the Way I Think About Storage

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It’s not every day you get to ride the wave of a fundamental shift in technology. I’d like to talk a bit about how I am staying afloat.

My introduction to shared storage was with the original HP EVA series. They were pretty awesome – a single, user-friendly web interface could get you from power up to production in a couple of hours. LUNs (Logical Unit Numbers) so massive that they could host upwards of 20 virtual machines were automatically spread across hundreds of drives, utilizing the aggregate capacity and performance to deliver what would eventually be coined ‘private clouds’. Dedicated, segregated, and redundant Fibre Channel (FC) networks guaranteed efficient data delivery under the most extreme utilization.

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Scality – Une approche révolutionnaire

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Scality apporte à ses clients comme Orange et SFR, Dailymotion, TF1 ou RTL, qui servent 300 millions d’utilisateurs de par le monde, un software permettant de fabriquer un stockage particulièrement fiable et performant, à moindre coût.

jlecat copyJérôme Lecat, CEO de Scality.

« Scality fournit le logiciel pour stocker des quantités faramineuses de données de façon fiable et performante, à moindre coût.»

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OpenStack Vancouver Summit Wrap-Up

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Last week the global OpenStack community gathered in the beautiful city of Vancouver (Canada) to celebrate the release of OpenStack Kilo (which Scality recently announced support for), share knowledge, and report experiences in hundreds of technical sessions, as well as to start planning and designing the features that will be part of the next release; dubbed Liberty. More info


Announcing enhanced Scality RING support for OpenStack Kilo

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The OpenStack cloud framework has been growing rapidly in popularity over the last few years, as witnessed by the incredible attendance growth at the last few OpenStack summits. Last fall we attended the Paris OpenStack summit for the Juno release and saw the growing momentum and interest firsthand, including real mainstream customer use for this next generation cloud framework. We’re excited to see Kilo, the next release of OpenStack, be officially announced at the Vancouver Summit.
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Scality Launches Boston Office to Support Significant Business Growth

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Scality Continues Expansion with New Engineering Office to Support Customers Coast to Coast

San Francisco, CA – May 12, 2015 – Scality, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) at petabyte-scale, today announced it has opened a brand new office in the Cambridge Innovation Center at 1 Broadway in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Scality’s Boston Research and Development Center is in the heart of Kendall Square, the hub for innovation in the greater Boston area. More info

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