Funding drives progress in open source software to tackle global societal challenges, focusing on health, sustainability, education, open society, privacy and digital democracy

San Francisco, CA – June 16, 2020 – Scality, leader in software solutions for global data orchestration and distributed file and object storage, today announced an investment in Fondation Inria, the Foundation of the well-known French national research institute for digital sciences, Inria. Bringing both financial backing and collaboration to the institute, Scality will help support multi-disciplinary research and innovation initiatives. This includes mind-body health, precision agriculture, neurodegenerative diagnostics, privacy protection and more.

“To be at the forefront of technological advancements and research has been a priority for Scality since our inception and we currently hold 10 patents. It only made sense for us to deepen our relationship with one of the most advanced research institutes on AI and algorithms in the world. We believe that technology and digital sciences can provide answers to the issues facing our fractured global society. Inria research teams work on incredible projects that actually change lives with personalized medicine, precision agriculture, sustainable development, smart cities and mobility, and security and privacy protection.”

Jérôme Lecat


Scality has been close to Inria for many years and is involved with several collaborative research projects that are developing new concepts for distributed and scalable storage with Inria Distinguished Research Scholar, Marc Shapiro One such project is RainbowFS which investigates an approach to distributed storage that ensures distributed consistency semantics tailored to applications in order to develop smarter and massively scalable systems.

“We are delighted to be working with Scality. This collaboration is bringing two major players in French technology closer in order to further research and innovation on a global scale. Our values align very closely to Scality’s: innovative research, social responsibility and open source. For example, our sheltered foundations are promoting the distribution of open source software for the durable development by bringing together their user communities within consortia, in recognition of how software embodies humanity’s technical and scientific knowledge.”

Jean-Baptiste Hennequin

Managing director, Fondation Inria

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About Inria

Inria is the French national research institute for the digital sciences. World-class research and technological innovation are part of our DNA, with the aim of developing and supporting scientific and entrepreneurial projects that create value for France, within a European perspective.

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About Fondation Inria

Fondation Inria aims at tackling scientific challenges to solve major social issues. We co-create with our partners emblematic programs with major social impacts. The purpose of Fondation Inria is to contribute to the development of Inria through fundraising. Our mission is to support initiatives for the common good.

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