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Scality likes object storage, puts a RING on it... for the fifth time

Object storage software startup Scality is adding virtual machine level storage access to its existing file and object access protocols. Scality announced v4.3 of its RING object storage software just a few weeks ago in July - read about it here. Version 5.0 software adds: VMware VM-level storage access with Amazon S3 and EBS- …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
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Los Alamos National Laboratory likes it, puts Scality's RING on it

Scality has upgrade its RING object storage software to v4.3. RING software distributes object storage across multiple server nodes and uses erasure coding to ensure its integrity. Scality claims v4.3 "improves overall performance across a broad range of applications and workloads and enhances enterprise file operations by as …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2014
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Two new C-suite bods kiss the Scality ring as IPO rumours gather

Object storage upstart Scality has hired two C-level execs and more senior hires are on the way. Ewan Menard, who was DataDirect Networks’ chief operating officer (COO) up to July last year, becomes Scality’s COO, reporting to CEO Jérôme Lecat. Before DDN he was with HP. He is object storage-aware, DDN having its own object …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
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Scality slips its Ring around Kinetic drives

Scality is developing its RING object storage system to use Seagate’s Kinetic drives. These drives implement an on-board key/value store and are directly accessed over Ethernet using Get and Put requests. Each drive has two 1Gbit/s Ethernet ports. Scality’s RING storage uses scale-out nodes that can grow to multi-petabyte …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014
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Lord of the RING Scality lets NFS and popular pals into the object party

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 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
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Scality proudly unveils its RING to the world

Is it possible? Could a digital media company have a single storage system for rich media libraries that covers linear archiving, non-linear play-out and scales indefinitely? Storage biz Scality says, using its object storage-based RING for Digital Media, it is. Digital media storage can be a heterogeneous nightmare. Take …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Scality commits to Big Data, puts a RING on Hadoop elephant

Object storage start-up Scality has added its storage to Hadoop so users can avoid loading data through Hadoop's own file system. It has also unveiled a plug-in for Cinder, the block storage layer within the OpenStack project. The RING is an object storage infrastructure based on a set of X86 server nodes that store objects, not …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2013
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SGI slips on Scality's RING, awaits flood of Big Data

Scality's object storage software is being OEMed by SGI so that it can gulp down galactic amounts of unstructured data into its storage arrays. SGI has a Modular InfiniteStorage (MIS) array that was kicked into life a year ago and offered as a JBON or a NAS server supporting NFS and CIFS. Back then we wrote: "An SGI D-Rack can …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013
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TGI Monday: Brocade profits up, Scality and Tegile fattening up

Tracking storage supplier and association news is like standing underneath a waterfall; you get deluged. Of course, the main stories stand out but there are lots of others that are worthy of note. In alphabetic order we have: Fibre Channel and Ethernet switch networking vendor Brocade announced strongly profitable results for …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014

VCs add Scality to give-'em-cash list: We liked it, put a RING on it

The much-derided venture capitalist can be a useful accelerant for the startup that uses the cash wisely. No matter how good your product, without the right amount of investment you won't be able to scale up product design, research and marketing to the point where you can attract the really big customers, hire the best …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2013

Scality shoves sparkling file system into its RING

Scality has added a file system in the fourth major release of its object storage RING, and it is planning to add NFS heads down the road, the object storage company says. This is being driven by the unstoppable rise of unstructured data and the predominance of filesystem-based access to it. The traditional object storage cry …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Tiscali wants Scality's ring

Struggling Italian ISP Tiscali has called on Scality and its RING product to build a cloud storage service. The company's Tiscali Cloud Storage offering is said to offer extreme reliability. It is aimed at the SMB market and companies can open an an initial 100GB account for a promotional €15/month, including 50GB of traffic in …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2011
IDC object storage marketscape

Object Storage Alliance launched. Problem: 3 vendors haven't joined

After complaining for some time that its message is not understood, the object storage industry has set up an Object Storage Alliance – only to have three suppliers refuse to join. The OSA “is a vendor-neutral industry alliance organised to promote the business value of object addressable storage,” organised by and hosted on a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014

Scality opens Ring for close scrutiny

It seems to be a world first: public and independent assessment of object storage performance compared to hard disk drive (HDD) block-based SAN arrays. The object storage supplier is Scality and the assessor is tech analyst ESG, which finds that Scality's Ring has performance comparable to, if not better than, high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2012
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Scality shows off its mighty RING

French supplier Scality has updated its RING software with a major release which proves, it claims, that object-based storage can be faster than SAN or NAS for unstructured data operations. Scality employs a ring structure of X86 server nodes that store objects, not files or blocks, and can operate in parallel. The company says …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2011
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Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

Object storage supplier Exablox has provided a file interface to its OneBlox object store, which is basically a Drobo-style BYOD store - Bring Your Own Disks. El Storage asked Sean Derrington, senior director of products at Exablox, some questions about the company. Some of the answers have been edited for brevity. El Storage: …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
IDC object storage marketscape

IDC's explicit snapshot: Everyone who's anyone in object storage: In 3D

Analyst IDC has ranked object storage suppliers in a pretty 3D marketscape chart, and Cleversafe leads the pack. A marketscape chart, apparently, is a four-box diagram with wavy edges and overlapping boxes, labelled Participants, Contenders, Major Players and Leaders. It positions vendors on two axes; the upright one is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013
Broke - empty pockets

Miserly investors toss $11m at storage upstart Amplidata

Is this thin investment provisioning in action? Object storage startup Amplidata has had $11m chucked at it to grow the business – a relatively trifling amount. Amplidata develops and sells the AmpliStor object storage product, which is OEMed as Lattus by Quantum. It uses a component of its StorNext multi-tier file …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2014
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HP Storage results: Gloomy, but there's light at the end of the tunnel

HP storage emulated HP's latest overall quarterly results, with both good news and bad news, but the gloom overwhelmed the gleam. Within HP's $27.6bn third fiscal 2014 quarterly revenue report, storage contributed $796m (just 3.6 per cent) of HP's earnings for the quarter and 11.5 per cent of the Enterprise Group's revenue. EG …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014
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Nexenta reckons it has Edge in squeezing your object storage BLOB

Nexenta says its latest NexentaEdge software product delivers petabyte-scale block and object storage with inline deduplication. NexentaStor, the existing product, is a ZFS-based software SAN product which Nexenta partners and customers can install on commodity storage array hardware – a mainstream SAN/filer replacement product …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Did object storage come of age in 2013?

Object storage entered 2013 pretty much as a niche technology but exited the year headed towards mainstream status, with ViPR, Black Pearl and EVault leading the way. Others, though, held back. As of the year end, we saw IBM doing nothing much with objects, NetApp apparently standing still with its StorageGRID, and Dell exiting …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014
Sagate 6TB Enterprise Capacity Drive

Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

Seagate sub LaCie has pre-announced a 6TB near line disk drive from its parent and it doesn't appear to use the slow write shingled magnetic recording technology. LaCie's news came out with the NAB event in Las Vegas, which opened on Friday. There are details of the drive on Seagate's website, although the drive has not been …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014

Big money in Big Data: SGI debuts petabyte-juggling archiving tool

The tidal wave that is unstructured file-based data is lumbering towards data centres. SGI is hoping the Big Data trend means that file access storage will become a hot property. Meanwhile, customers love the idea of all file locations being stored in a single virtual silo, instead of multiple different silos with differing …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013
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Wannabe ZFS rival Exablox decloaks MYSTERY NAS box

Mystery storage startup Exablox has finally uncloaked its secret project - which turned out to be a simple scale-out filer managed through a cloud-based utility. The product is called OneBlox and is managed through OneSystem, a utility service in the cloud; there is no onboard management software. The OneBlox appliance, or node …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013

Caringo greases up CAStor product, slips out VM versions

Object storage startup Caringo has introduced virtual machine editions of its CAStor object storage product along with standard file protocol access to CAStor, broaching the question whether object storage will just become file storage under another name. Both CAStor and Caringo's Content File Server (CFS) come as virtual …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012
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Object Storage: A solution in search of a problem?

Generally, it seems to me that object storage is suffering from a failure to launch despite more than a dozen suppliers pushing it. Many of these same vendors seem to have their heads in the sand with regard to their place in the marketplace - they seem to ignore the fact that end-user buyers are confused about what object- …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2013
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Cloud storage gateway firm: Selling to end users? Meh. We'll leave it to CSPs, et CTERA

A briefing from folks at cloud storage gateway upstart CTERA revealed there was more to the firm than Reg storage desk had thought. CTERA was founded by Liran Eshel and Zohar Kaufman after experience running a company in the SMB network security area and producing appliances. Eshel is CTERA’s CEO and Kaufmann its VP for research …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2014
Steve Bennet, ex-Symantec CEO

Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

Symantec recently fired Steve Bennett, its second CEO in two years. As a previous chairman of the board, Bennett was part of the team that shifted off the previous CEO. Apparently now, new blood is needed to "act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market," in the words of the new chief, Michael Brown. Steve Bennet …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2014
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Loved-up shared storage silos in SHOCK SPLIT!

A previously uniform shared storage architecture is splintering apart as server virtualisation, dedupe, flash and the cloud shatter the old order – giving us five steps to heaven, or hell, depending on your viewpoint. The old shared storage order was a bunch of servers linked across a network to a storage area network (SAN) or …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
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Just who is the mystery gobbler of flash upstart GridIron?

GridIron Systems, a SAN accelerating startup, has been bought by a mystery buyer for an unknown amount. The company builds the TurboCharger, a DRAM and flash cache box with software to automatically move the most-wanted data from the backing SAN into its cache store. GridIron's TurboCharger is also bundled with NetApp's E-Series …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2013

OpenStack wranglers release Atmos-on-a-budget object store

Software-defined storage company SwiftStack has announced the general availability of its OpenStack-based object store, and claims it already has "multiple petabytes" under management. The company announced the general availability of its software on Tuesday, and hopes that the management and controller features it has added to …
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2013
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Amplidata smashes the object pedal against the metal

Amplidata has pushed the accelerator pedal to the floor with its AmpliStor XT object storage system. It's increased throughput, raised the IOPS rate and dropped latency, saying these things make its product better suited to big unstructured data applications. This move follows Scality's ESG performance work but has obviously …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2012
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How much data must you have before you need Cleversafe? If you have to ask ...

Analysis: Cleversafe is the leading object storage supplier, according to an IDC marketscape chart (see below). How did it get there? We talked to Chris Gladwin, its founder, about how and why Cleversafe was started up and how it got where it is. The story starts in 2004 when he sold his second start-up, digital music supplier …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014

Whoosh, whiff, swiffle.. CLINK: Cleversafe chucks $50m in vault

Investors seem sold on the idea of Cleversafe's mad "terabyte-a-second" gobbling kit, so much so that the startup has received an injection of $55m to strengthen its big data and cloud-focused product and sell it more widely. The company received $31.4m in a C-round of venture capital funding just three years ago. Why does it …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2013
Filling in the hole with soil

DataDirect Networks is in a hole. Can its founders pull it out?

DataDirect Networks is struggling, The Register hears, with declining revenues and departed execs. Seagate buying Xyratex is the latest competitive threat and the firm is said to be retrenching its core HPC business. DDN denies this and, coincidentally, has recently hired itself a chief marketing officer for the first time, one …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

Battle of the Clouds: Azure goes lower

Windows Azure pricing is dropping by up to 28 per cent as Microsoft goes head to head againstAmazon's cloud storage. As announced in the Windows Azure blog by Steven Martin, general manager for Windows Azure business planning, there is a "price reduction for Windows Azure Storage by as much as 28 per cent, effective on December …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

Mega Euro storage show: Players talk tech on objects, tape and flash

At StorageNetworkWorld (SNW) Europe, branded as Powering The Cloud, we were bombarded with information from a multitude of vendors. As any backup and storage player in the game would know, the best way to deal with a mass of data is to break it down into chunks, so El Reg will do just that. This article is the first in a series …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2012
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Dell kills 3-year-old object storage appliance line

Dell is closing down its DX6000 object storage appliance product line just three years after starting it up. Its OEM'd Caringo software will be available through Dell’s Digital Download Store. But there are concerns that this move will tarnish Dell's reputation as an enterprise raised-floor data centre supplier. Object storage …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2013
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Can two small startups solve big storage pains?

Explosive data growth is a big pain for every IT manager on earth. Many enterprises have their global infrastructures scattered among two or three continents. Maintaining file servers or filers all around the world isn't a simple matter: some of them are unattended, there are security concerns, backup/archive policies can't be …
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EMC puts a bullet in its XAM storage access

EMC has killed its Centera XAM development, virtually signalling the end of the road for this object storage access protocol. XAM, aka the eXtensible Access Method, is an SNIA-developed and maintained initiative that was intended to become a standard way to access fixed-content storage devices, such as EMC's Centera and Atmos. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2012
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Drilling into Amazon's tape-killing Glacier cloud archive

Amazon Glacier is a series of cloud vaults holding customer archive data that isn't based on tape libraries. Instead it appears to use object storage and is set to be the largest object storage implementation in history in a very short time. Amazon Web Services team member James Hamilton blogged about the new product, writing: " …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012
Vulture

Just what is Oracle going to plop out as its golden storage egg?

What's going on with Oracle storage? Besides tape, which seems to be doing fine, does the IT giant have a long-term, viable external storage array product line at all? Oracle's general hardware business is in decline. Witness the chart below showing quarterly overall sales including hardware product revenues; storage sales …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2013
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Big data can be deduplicated

Ronaldo Yamashita, an ESG analyst in Brazil, took exception to the Isilon view that big data is not compressible and sent El Reg his reasoning why he thinks this is the case. When we talk about "text" big data, like logs or information gathered from different sources (e.g. web, credit agencies, Facebook), it is highly …

NetApp StorageGRID now on cloud nine: Would you put 100PBs in it?

NetApp continues its slow development of its object storage capability by adding a cloud interface to it. Version 9.0 of StorageGRID, the storage software gained by NetApp when it bought Bycast in mid-2010, sounds like a major release but the only feature NetApp emphasises is the new Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). CDMI …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

'Unnamed' HP biz unit developing mystery object storage

HP is developing an object storage product, basing it on technology used in its Cloud Object Storage service. Object storage is designed for storing massive amounts of unstructured information in a highly scalable, scale-out infrastructure of linked nodes with a flat object address space instead of in a file:folder system with …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

TwinStrata wrestles Nasuni in the cloud-gateway Jell-O pool

Cloud storage gateway start-up TwinStrata is back with an updated version of its CloudArray product - 4.0. And while it claims the new kit is the first cloud-integrated storage product to natively support both network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) protocols, we think Nasuni might beg to differ... …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2012
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Amazon cloud rival adds object storage service

Amazon cloud competitor Joyent is going to add an object storage service which will be a good testbed to see if the cloud could be an object storage launch ramp. Joyent, which has no relationship to Sun veteran Bill Joy whatsoever, broadly offers cloud computer and storage services – like Amazon – but with service level …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2011
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Object storage suppliers: We want your big data

As the general big data trend gathers momentum, the various object storage suppliers are trumpeting their technology's advantages over file systems, saying they can store and protect vast volumes of data more efficiently and with faster access. Henry Baltazar, a senior analyst in The 451 Group, says: "Object storage, and cloud …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2011

Quantum squirts object storage filler into Big Data-hungry crevice

Quantum sees object storage as a the Big Data gap filler between overly expensive dual-controller RAID disk arrays and laggardly but cheap capacity tape archive vaults. Its Lattus products use Amplidata technology and will arrive independently this year and integrated in StorNext in 2013. As the amount of data to be stored with …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2012
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Storage startup busts object location barrier

File system trees are inefficient and slow when locating files in a filespace occupied by billions of files and folders. Storing the data as objects in a flat storage space is becoming a recommended alternative. But, as soon as you go for object storage to defeat this file system tree traverse problem, you face a fresh problem: …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2010