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Agility, Flexibility and Scalability for Modern Digital Business

The world of application development is transforming from monolithic applications to a new model of stateless, container-based microservices. These applications can be deployed in a portable and agile manner in a wide variety of private and public cloud environments. For application content created and managed by these apps, the use of RESTful object storage protocols an ideal match. The popularity of the AWS S3 API, OpenStack Swift, and Azure Blob APIs in addition to simple vendor-neutral REST protocols provide a natural “cloud native storage” functionality for these apps such as provided by the Scality RING.

Applications

As enterprises transform their businesses, new cloud native mobile apps, cloud portals and SaaS offerings deployed as microservices will require cloud native storage. This includes enterprise applications consuming content such as document repositories, imaging, video and consumer facing applications in banking, online trading, insurance, travel, entertainment and many other industries.

Infrastructure

Service providers are building cloud services that require massively scalable cloud native storage. Service management portals, business-to-business and business-to-consumer offerings such as cloud backup, archive, photo sharing, video streaming as well as core infrastructure (IaaS) all require access to cloud native object storage, over AWS S3 style REST protocols.

Cloud Native App Paint Points

Flexible, Durable, Scalable Storage for Cloud Native Applications

Growth

The explosive growth of content from new cloud native apps will increase data storage demands beyond today’s storage system limits

Legacy

Legacy interfaces such as SAN and NAS systems do not provide cloud native storage interfaces for application data

No Agility

The lack of agility makes it difficult to provision cloud storage services in on-premises storage solutions

Limits

Limitations from traditional storage systems have insufficient performance for the access characteristics of cloud native apps

Hosting

Inability to host multiple use-cases from on-premises storage solutions do not provide cloud-style multi-tenancy capabilities

Lock in

High cost & Lock-in from using public cloud storage such as AWS S3 can explode costs and create lock-in to specific vendor APIs

Scality value proposition

Unbounded

RING supports growth of cloud storage services to dozens of Petabytes and beyond

Industry Leader

Industry-leading cloud native storage, Scality’s comprehensive support of AWS S3, OpenStack Swift and native RESTful APIs

Agility

Super agile storage for easy and fast provisioning of new cloud storage services, buckets with a self-service portal for point-and-click identity management.

Performance

RING can scale to support unbounded numbers of applications and end-users at cloud scale

Security

Secure multi-tenancy means RING provides a 100% AWS compatible Identity and Access Management (IAM) model with secure authentication & access control policies

No lock in

Avoidance of lock-in: RING supports multiple cloud native APIs, Zenko can make any cloud-native app ready for hybrid and multi-cloud on AWS, Azure, Google and Wasabi

CLOUD NATIVE

Application Partners

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

Cloud Native Clients

Application Solutions

A cloud application, or cloud app, is a software program where cloud-based and local components work together. This model relies on remote servers for processing logic that is accessed through a web browser with a continual internet connection.

DMM

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Rackspace

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Dailymotion

Customer

Telenet

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Comcast

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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 certified.by parallelizing operations, performance grows linearly with the capacity

Is there a limit to my backup size with Scality?

The RING can grow up to 1 trillion, 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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