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Lord of the RING Scality lets NFS and popular pals into the object party

From files to objects and back again

Gordan Ugarkovic's view of Saturn

Scality has updated its RING object storage product and added support across various file sharing protocols including NFS.

RING is now admitting all sorts into its inner sanctum, including:

  • NFS v3
  • CIFS with Samba v3.5
  • AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFP) based on Netatalk 3.x
  • Open source or commercial FTP

The RING v4.2 has NFS and CIFS (SMB) interfaces so files can be written to and read from it.

Such files in the RING are protected by synchronising file contents to other data centres' RING nodes using so-called GeoSync technology.

Scality says files can be stored by an application using NFS, and read by another application using a REST API, such as Amazon’s S3.

Jerome Lecat, Scality’s CEO, said: “Scality supports REST/HTTP protocols such as Amazon’s S3 API, CDMI, NFS, CIFS, AFP and FTP as well as FUSE. All data written through the REST API or file interface can be read through any of the other interfaces, and can be analysed in place using Hadoop framework.

"In addition, Scality RING supports block storage for OpenStack via Cinder. Release 4.2 offers customers the broadest range of native information access available from any object storage provider.”

Come on in, file data: you’re all welcome and you’re all protected. GeoSync supports synchronous and asynchronous object-based data, block-level and file-level replication across data centres.

Scality RING 4.2 is available now. ®

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