What is a distributed file system?

Organize and share data seamlessly

A distributed file system is a physically distributed implementation of the classical time-sharing model of the traditional file system, allowing users to manipulate, organize and share data seamlessly, regardless of its actual location on the network.

Distributed file systems

Metadata in object storage systems can be augmented with custom attributes to handle additional file-related information. Doing so with a traditional storage system would require a custom application and database to manage the metadata (these are known as “extended attributes”).


Scality RING software-defined storage delivers the enormous scalability other architectures can’t.

Key Features

Virtually unlimited scalability
Largest choice of compatible ISV applications

Data Assurance
Not just into multiple petabytes, but all the way to zetabytes.

Guaranteed 100% uptime
No downtime ever, thanks to our unique approach to software-defined—including a “shared nothing” architecture with no single point of failure, automated self-healing, and erasure coding.

On-demand scaling of capacity and performance
When you need to grow, just add more industry-standard x86 hardware—the latest, fastest, densest models of your choice. The RING handles the rest, automatically rebalancing data and scaling performance to match. No matter how many petabytes you scale to.

A unified platform for all data types
RESTful and S3 interfaces support object data. Native NFS and SMB do the same for file-based data. Full LDAP encryption and Active Directory integration are included for secure access.

Spectacular savings
When affordable x86 servers replace proprietary NAS appliances, the results are predictable: up to an 80% reduction in storage costs.

Scality allows you to use ANY x86-based hardware. Which means you can select the most optimal hardware to fit your application needs today and tomorrow, all in one system. And unlike the competition, you can continue to scale without the need to migrate to a different system. We also don’t penalize you for long-term support and maintenance. The combination provides you with lower and more predictable TCO over time.

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The leading scale-out file & object storage software solution

Who it’s for:

Enterprises and service providers creating modern cloud data centers

Ideal for any combination of:

Long-term backups and ransomware protection, data archives, big data analytics, custom applications, content & collaboration, media content delivery, medical imaging archives


100% software, Unified S3 object and file storage. Non-disruptive infinite scale out. High data durability and availability. Hybrid-cloud capable. Future-proof with cloud-style economics.



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