Scality RING solves Dailymotion’s growing storage needs for video distribution


Now their storage capacity can easily meet the hyperscale growth of their content and business

Founded in 2005, Dailymotion is a global video streaming service that connects more than 300 million unique monthly entertainment-seekers to their personal world of news and entertainment. Built on a clever player, intuitive algorithm, and carefully selected recommendations made by experts who really love great videos, it’s a one-stop shop for enjoying stories from the best creators around.

Owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi and headquartered in Paris with offices in New York, Singapore and Marseille, North American launch partners include BBC News, VICE, Bloomberg and Hearst Digital Media. The service is available worldwide in 183 languages and 43 localized versions.

The challenge

Dailymotion is committed to creating a heightened video experience, believing that sharing video is sharing human experience. Second in video user traffic only to YouTube, Dailymotion.com’s 300+ million users watch 3.5 billion videos from its player each month. Those users contribute approximately 7 hours of video uploaded every minute of every day.

Whether live or on-demand, users can watch, follow and share sports competitions, music videos and festivals, comedy skits, political debates, fashion shows, gaming live-streams, home videos. The choices are nearly endless — and the storage requirements are enormous. The number of objects stored multiplies by double digits every year.

Concerns about performance and optimization for the best possible user experience prompted Dailymotion to seek a new solution for its data storage infrastructure.

  • “The performance, stability and reliability are what impress us most about Scality. It allows us to confidently grow our storage capacity. We haven’t encountered any issues.”

    Christophe Simon, system architect, Dailymotion

The outcome

Dailymotion knew that a hardware-agnostic solution would be best because of the advantages it brings in lowering TCO and simplifying growth over time. Scality was the most obvious choice with regard to those specifications. 

Right from the start, Scality showed significant performance improvement over the legacy solution. Using Scality RING directly behind the application servers, rather than using an intermediary tier of protocol servers, simplified the overall architecture and reduced the total amount of hardware, plus storage and server maintenance.

Since the original installation of Scality RING in 2014, Dailymotion has undergone several smooth expansions. Scality provides more than 30 usable petabytes as of the spring of 2017 and is poised to continue to grow with Dailymotion’s needs.  

  • Boundless scalability

    Growth is constant, and storage has to accommodate needs without loss of service. Scality makes expanding storage simple and seamless.
  • Low TCO

    Growing at 30% each year means expanding storage regularly. Scality keeps acquisition, operations and facilities costs down.
  • Reliable performance

    Users won’t use the site if they can’t access and upload videos quickly and easily. Scality meets critical performance requirements.