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If data exists in the cloud but you can’t use it there, does it really exist?

Tyna Callahan

Tyna Callahan

Sr. Director of Communications

About Scality

Scality is a global company based in San Francisco, California that develops software-defined object storage. The Scality scale-out object storage software platform called RING is the company's commercial product. Scality RING software deploys on industry-standard x86 servers to store objects and files.

When we crafted the motto that Scality started using at the beginning of 2018: “We give freedom and control to people who make value from data,” we parsed the words carefully.  We were introspective about the characterization because we know a few important and basic facts to be true in the throes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

  • Data is critical to decision-making and so much more, but the data itself has no value without intervention, interpretation and/or consumption by people at some point (usually many points), in some way.
  • As the volume and value of data increases, the need to protect and preserve it increases exponentially.
  • Likewise, as that volume and value increase, the push for data availability—availability to be put to use by those people who derive value from it—also increases.

People are a critical part of the value that can be derived from data today; but it has to ‘exist’ somewhere in order to be leveraged for value.  That means that storage is another critical component: mundane, utilitarian, storage.  Whether the data itself is the product, as it is in the Media and Entertainment industry; or it’s the record of individuals’ and institutions’ holdings, as in Financial Services; or it consists of  information that, when applied to new development, can improve safety, efficiency and other elements of new product, as in Transportation and Manufacturing; or it’s one or many pieces of the patient care puzzle, as in Healthcare,  storage matters, and there’s not just one type of storage or location for it.  As mentioned earlier, data needs to be available:

  • Available to be acted upon.
  • Available only to those authorized to those who are authorized and entrusted to derive that value from it.
  • Available to the applications that people use to perform operations on the data or to prepare it for distribution.

Did someone say available?

Scality Zenko removes the barriers to that availability.  Zenko gives data creators, owners, curators, users and consumers the ability to place data in and/or retrieve data from the place where it can provide the most value in the most efficient way.  That’s pretty liberating.

Available means usable

Zenko stores data unmodified.  That’s key.  It doesn’t put data in a “wrapper” that keeps it hidden until someone extracts and unwraps it so that they can use it.  It moves data into storage—one or many places, whether on Scality RING (which we think is a pretty good choice ☺) or another on-prem storage, or any of a number of cloud storage locations – all through a unified interface that lets users (people, again) store, manage and search data across these multiple disparate private and public clouds.  And its advanced metadata search and extensible data workflow capabilities make it a great asset for keeping track of data so that extracting its value in multiple ways is easier and faster. It brings that freedom and control we’re talking about to people—be they developers or people working in enterprises.  It advances the derivation of value from data and overcomes data management challenges that people face in hybrid or multi-cloud environments.  Zenko truly does deliver freedom and control to create value from data, regardless of where that data resides.

Spread the word… and share the code.

We are beyond excited to be launching Zenko 1.0 in both open source and enterprise versions.  Zenko isn’t an enhancement to Scality’s highly-acclaimed software-defined storage, the RING (check out these reviews from Gartner and IDC).  We built Zenko from the ground-up so that it would not be constrained by legacy code and functionality – and we feel so strongly about the need to address the challenges modern cloud application development and data management, that we released Zenko as an open source offering so that developers can leverage it in their solutions, even as we offer it to our commercial customers with the support structure that makes it a solid enterprise solution.

What’s the difference between open source and enterprise Zenko 1.0?

To make an enterprise-ready solution requires a killer user interface and top-tier support.  While Zenko 1.0 open source has all of the capabilities of our enterprise Zenko 1.0, it is packaged for download from Github to be incorporated into developers’ products and utilities.  Support for open source Zenko, as for any other open source offering, comes from the developer community.

Zenko enterprise 1.0 has that killer UI and top-tier support.  Zenko Orbit, a GUI that makes data placement, search, management  and retrieval easy and seamless, no matter the volume, is a window through which Zenko provides a unified interface to store, manage and search data across multiple disparate private and public clouds, enabled by advanced metadata search and an extensible data workflow engine.  Of course,  access to Scality’s professional technical and solutions support programs and professionals are part of the enterprise edition as well.

Give me more

We’re beyond excited to launch Zenko 1.0.  Give it a try: Zenko 1.0 open source edition is available for free download at https://www.zenko.io/.   Download the Zenko Multi-Cloud Data Controller datasheet to learn more about our enterprise edition and how you can put it to work.  And, of course, you can just have a look around: visit Scality.com for more on Zenko enterprise edition.

Photo by Tiia Monto – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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