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Scality upgrades for enterprise adoption of object storage and S3

Object storage specialist Scality recognises de facto supremacy of Amazon S3 and includes directory features to allow enterprise production use of object-based private and public cloud storage

Object storage specialist Scality has launched an upgraded version of its product – to version 6 – which includes features it claimed are the result of increasing demand from enterprises.

These include single sign-on (SSO) and compatibility with Microsoft Active Directory and Amazon's AWS Identity Access Management directory – for private and public cloud use cases.

Scality has also announced the availability of an open-source S3 server that customers can use to roadtest S3 deployments in-house.

Taken together the announcements represent that Scality – a long-time pioneer of object storage – have recognised an increasing demand from enterprises for object storage options in the datacentre and via public cloud, as well as throwing its weight behind S3 as a de facto standard for cloud object storage.

Object storage is an emerging method of data retention. It doesn’t aim to compete with the highest performance block and file-storage methods, but is well suited to large volumes of unstructured data.

In place of the traditional hierarchical file system structure, object storage uses a flat structure with unique identifiers for files. Those identifiers also contain metadata that allow indexing of searches and data that can be interrogated for analysis purposes.

According to IDC's worldwide software-defined storage (SDS) forecast, capacity deployed in support of object-based SDS was 12 exabytes in 2015 and is expected to reach 67.4 exabytes in 2020.

“These additions recognise that object storage is increasingly part of the technical solution for enterprises that need to store unstructured data,” said Scality CEO Jerome LecatEnterprises want to integrate object storage with existing IT in terms of management, for example with Active Directory, and also via file system access that's compatible with S3.”

“We recognise S3 as the API [application programming interface] of choice for object storage,” he added. “This is a departure from December 2010, where we said we saw CDMI [Cloud Data Management Interface] in this way. We consider that the market has embraced S3 so we endorse it full on as the primary API for object storage.”

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CDMI was industry body SNIA's project to develop a standard for cloud storage operations. It has now, however, been overhauled by the de facto adoption in the market of Amazon's S3 protocols.

Scality's S3 Server is an open-source S3 server that allows customers to run “a mini S3 server on one machine,” said Lecat. “It allows your own micro-storage cloud on one machine but to a third party it looks exactly like Amazon S3.”

It is aimed at test and development scenarios, with customers able to move to Scality Ring or other S3-compliant storage solutions – in-house or in the cloud – for production use.


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