Big Data Storage. Solved.

Creating Value with Data

Enterprises understand that digital transformation is happening within and around their industries today. Data IS value for a range of businesses, in financial services, healthcare, travel, M&E as well as government institutions. Maintaining an online repository of data in its native format is the right solution for extracting value from data over time. Big data stores must keep vast amounts of data, in a variety of formats (documents, logs, feeds, media and more) – and make them accessible for analytics and multiple processing purposes.

BIG Data STORAGE for Analytics

Data lakes are commonly used by analytics applications such as Hadoop, Spark and the ecosystem tools (Hive, Impala and more). For Hadoop type applications, the use of Hadoop Compatible File System (HCFS) protocols such as S3A have been adopted for access to data lakes, such as employed in public cloud services such as AWS EMR. The Scality RING provides and scalable, high-performance, online data lake for access by these applications over S3A.

Big Data for AI/ML

A new class of applications in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) are deployed on fast, tier1 storage systems for online processing, such as the Hadoop File System (HDFS) itself, but also fast file systems such as, and applications such as Splunk, ELK and many others. Scality RING is an optimal, massively scalable archive tier behind these tier1 systems, with S3 access for data movement between RING and Tier1.

The Future of Big Data Management

Managing growth

Unstructured data from multiple sources creates massive demands on storage.


Data needs to be accessed online, to support rapid decision-making.


Data must be stored and accessible for years, with durability and integrity.


Legacy, cloud native and analytics applications require data access.

Multiple Silos

Managing multiple data silos, and support the new world of cloud applications.

High Cost

Storing and managing petabytes of data is too costly today.

Scality value proposition

Unbounded scalability

RING supports growth of data lakes to dozens of Petabytes without bound.

Scale-out performance

RING data is always online, with high throughput for access by 1000’s of simultaneous users and applications.

Bulletproof data

RING provides massive durability, self-healing and supported with a 100% uptime SLA.

Wide application access

Legacy app file access (NFS, SMB), cloud native object access (S3) and analytics apps access via Hadoop Compatibility (S3A).

Easy management

Simplified single platform management with multi-tenancy for multiple applications.


RING is pure software, hosted on customer’s choice of standard x86 platform, and can grow across multiple hardware generations to reduce cost.

Big Data Storage

Application Partners

The Scality RING has been pre-integrated with a rich selection of big data solutions and works with a wide variety of hardware.

Big Data Customers

Data Solutions

Some Customer ReferenceS

The Scality RING is a high-performance software storage solution for massive volumes of media content. The RING enables media & entertainment companies to build 100% available, petabyte- scale storage infrastructures with any industry standard servers at a fraction of the cost of traditional storage. A rich set of file and object interfaces enables easy integration of the RING with media applications. Dozens of M&E customers have deployed Scality for Origin and Content Distribution Server storage and for Nearline Archives.

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White Paper
Scality addressing the Storage Challenges of Digital Video Workflows

Video Distribution
Nearline Archive eBook

Solution Sheet
Scality RING optimizes storage for Media Post Production

Solution Sheet
Architecture guide for HPE servers and WekaIO Matrix

Big Data Storage. Solved.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can Scality lower my total cost of ownership (TCO) for backup?

Legacy storage cannot scale cost effectively to meet the requirement for backup in a digital world.
Tape media is relatively inexpensive, but the total cost to support a tape backup and archive system swells when associated activities like administrative work, off-site storage and associated pickup and recall delivery
are factored in. Tape management is labor intensive.
Public cloud is not the answer. Entry price may be low but recall costs can make it cost prohibitive.
Scality RING delivers a scalable single name space storage solution that can be utilized for both primary storage and long term archives without the associated costs found with tape, legacy storage arrays, and public cloud solutions.
If backup and archive also require a compliant solution, the Scality iCAS connector with can provide this capability cost effectively on the RING without an appliance such as Centera. Retention management, WORM, encryption, and compression is supported by iCAS.

Is Scality more complicated than standard NAS appliances?

Appliances do have deployment advantages at smaller scale, but SDS like Scality grows in efficiency as the system scales. You can scale up to ten petabytes and still administer the system with only one FTE. By decoupling the data protection from the hardware, your durability is also greater, maintenance can be on a rolling basis with no loss in availability, and hardware can be replaced and added with no downtime and complete hardware choice.

Does Scality provide deduplication or compression?

Many of the Enterprise backup software technologies already offer deduplication and compression at the source. In addition, the cost of capacity and increased density of servers has driven costs down so that object storage is significantly less costly than NAS or dedicated appliances. The combination is a no-brainer.
Beyond application support for encryption, some disk controllers support encryption for data as it’s written to disk.

Does Scality support my preferred backup application?

Scality makes modernizing easy. Compatibility is a priority, so we work with independent software vendors to qualify and certify compatibility with a broad range of backup and other software products, and have an industry-standard S3 interface, so integration with existing tools is easy. Applications access Scality RING via connectors that support multiple workload types (file and object) and multiple protocols such as NFS, VMFS, SMB, FUSE, REST and S3.

How secure is Scality?

The RING supports application-driven encryption, and object-level encryption for its object interface. This provides greater flexibility when it comes to deployment and key management.
Compliance requirements can be met by routing backup and archive data through the Scality iCAS connector which is Cohasset SEC 17 a-4 validated and KPMG parallelizing operations, performance grows linearly with the capacity

Is there a limit to my backup size with Scality?

The RING can grow up to 2128 objects, which is virtually unlimited. For example, Comcast (a large ISP) stores more than 80 billion objects in the RING.

How does Scality affect my backup performance expectations?

Scality RING is a disk based solution with all the benefits of random access. Multiple streams and connectors can be deployed for higher performance.
• The RING achieves exceptional performance by parallelizing operations. Performance grows linearly with the capacity.
• In addition, a write cache mechanism allows faster acknowledge to the backup application.

How does Scality affect my restoration performance expectations?

Scality RING is a disk based solution with all the benefits of using disk technology instead of tape. Tape restoration is limited to the number of available tape drives. Multiple server or file restores from tape are limited to the performance and availability of the required media before the operation can begin. This is not the case with Scality RING, which provides cost-effective, always available disk-based backups.
• Public cloud restores are limited to the available WAN bandwidth. Scality RING provides a multi-stream private cloud restore solution.
• The RING achieves exceptional performance by parallelizing operations. Performance grows linearly with the capacity.
• Read bandwidth used in restore operations can reach 100 Gb/s as is the case with Deluxe, a Scality customer.

What happens if a server or disk fails...can I still get to my backup?

Thanks to Scality protection mechanisms (replication for small object and erasure coding for large objects) data is still accessible even in the event of several disks, servers or even site failure. There is no single point of failure in the Scality architecture.

How does Scality effect my backup durability expectations?

Disk is inherently more reliable than tape for storage. 14×9’s of reliability can be achieved using the Scality RING. There is no scheduled maintenance which would impact data availability, as would be the case when using a tape library or even a legacy disk array. The RING self-healing mechanism allows failed components (HDD or servers) to be replaced on maintenance windows rather than immediately.

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