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Software-defined Storage at Petabyte Scale


OpenStack Summit | Tokyo 2015: Scality – Unified Storage for OpenStack

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Scality was present at the OpenStack Summit in Tokyo 2015. The OpenStack Summit provides a wide array of persistent storage services, ranging from local data volumes managed by the Cinder API, to object storage via Swift, image storage via Glance, and shared file services through Manila. For OpenStack administrators, this can create a management burden by imposing multiple independent storage silos to provide volume, file and object storage for Nova based application instances.

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Software-defined Storage (SDS) Accelerates Japanese Business


What is the ‘Data Utilization’ management required in the Internet of Things (IoT) era? With the rapid spread of mobile devices, penetration of cloud computing and rise of network video distribution service, several changes are rapidly progressing in the world of the Internet, and ‘IoT’ is one of the big changes. What kind of impact does IoT bring to corporate management?

‘Father of the Japanese Internet’, Jun Murai, Professor in Department of Environment Information, Keio University; Jerome Lecat, CEO Scality, a rising storage vendor; and Hiroshi Fujiwara, Chairman and President, Broadband Tower, the first domestic distributor of Scality’s petabyte-scale software-defined storage (SDS) ‘Scality RING’ engaged in a lively discussion.

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OpenStack to the Enterprise

OpenStack to the Enterprise

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OpenStack enterprise readiness received a lot of attention back at the OpenStack summit in Vancouver earlier this summer, which is particularly interesting as it shows that OpenStack has reached a certain level of maturity. But does it mean that enterprise IT departments have the tools necessary to be able to operate OpenStack and maintain an installation? Can legacy enterprise applications be moved to the private cloud?

A notable difference between a cloud app and a traditional enterprise business application is that the former is engineered with the dynamic nature of the cloud in mind. It is keeping itself aware of resources added and removed, and will not try to interact with a service that is no longer present. This is different from a typical enterprise business application where configuration is often static and dependent on highly available (HA) services which are unchanging. The reliability of the underlying cloud infrastructure is thus a corner-stone for enabling HA setups.

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What we learned at IBC 2015 – and what IBC learned from us

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Visiting broadcasting trade shows is always a very humbling experience as these shows make you realize how little you know about the larger media and entertainment industry. I couldn’t say one smart thing about the newest UAV’s, drones, quad or octo-copters except for they look like fun toys. Which is the best green screen technology? Who’s the leader in mobile satellite dishes? Fortunately the Scality team knows a whole lot about video storage. Even stronger: I’d dare to say we have become an authority when it comes to building high-performance origin storage infrastructures, massive scale long-term archives and low-latency nearline archives. At any time of the show, our full team of seven was either in meetings or just having conversations on the booth with prospects, customers, partners and even competitors to learn about the Scality RING technology and how it revolutionizes scale-out video storage.

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Scality: Storing the Information Age

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“I’m Jerome Lecat, CEO of Scality. I am extremely excited to share with you a massive transformation that will affect every one of us, in our personal lives, and in every business in every industry. This change is how data storage is done. In the next couple minutes, our customers, our partners, our shareholders, and our leadership team will talk to you about this massive change, and about how Scality is at the core of it.”

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Enterprise Meets Software-based Storage (SBS)

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Today Scality and Dell announce our partnership to bring Software-based Storage to Enterprise. You can read the full announcement here:

It is indeed the formalization of the work accomplished together in serving joint customers such as Deluxe. We are very proud that a market leader such as Dell acknowledges the revolution we are bringing to the storage world. And more importantly we are delighted to make our joint value-proposition available to a wide range of Enterprise customers around the world.

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Scality and Dell Collaborate on Software-based Storage Solutions

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New Relationship Considerably Extends Scality’s Market Reach through Dell’s Worldwide Sales Organization and Provides Enterprises with One-Stop Shopping for Large Capacity Storage

San Francisco, CA – August 18, 2015 – Scality, the leader in software-based storage for the information age, today announced that it has entered into a new relationship with Dell to create a robust solution to high capacity-driven storage challenges by offering the Scality RING petabyte-scale storage software on Dell’s enterprise infrastructure including server, storage, and networking hardware. Through this collaboration, Dell now will offer Scality RING-based solutions built on its Dell PowerEdge server, Dell Storage and Dell Networking portfolio. With this new offering, enterprises can reap the benefits of Scality’s 100 percent reliable, high performance, infinitely scalable, and hardware agnostic software combined with the innovation, quality, reliability, and support they expect from Dell hardware.
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Deluxe OnDemand meets need for 100% reliability and 100Gbps performance

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“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.

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Being in three (or more) places at once

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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

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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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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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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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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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