Scality, Ctera Partner on Storage as a Service

Posted on April 08, 2011 By Stuart J. Johnston

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A developer of cloud-based data protection and distribution software announced this week a partnership with a maker of hybrid cloud and on-premise storage solutions that's aimed at providing their service provider customers with low cost, high-performance storage as a service solutions.

Cloud storage system vendor, Scality and CTERA Networks, a hybrid cloud storage vendor, said in a joint statement that their aim is to provide an integrated offering for both cloud storage service providers as well as for distributed enterprises.

"The new partnership ensures customers can rapidly launch scalable cloud-based storage and data protection services with a low total cost of ownership and zero service interruption," the companies' statement said.

Scality developed what it calls RING, "a scalable, decentralized, distributed object storage" system with multiple nodes, built using off-the-shelf servers. It works by spreading data across multiple nodes and tracking its location using distributed hash tables (DHT).

"Responsibility for maintaining the mapping from keys to values is distributed among the nodes in such a way that a change in the set of participants causes a minimal amount of disruption ... allowing DHTs to scale to extremely large numbers of nodes and to handle continual node arrivals, departures, and failures," a Scality statement said.

Meanwhile, among other products, Ctera offers network storage appliances that can support up to 3 TB of hard disk drives or 12 TB of raw storage.

"This integration gives new and existing Scality customers the opportunity to run managed data protection services with Ctera's hybrid appliances, underpinned by Scality's massively scalable, high performance and cost-effective RING storage platform," Jerome Lecat, CEO of Scality, said in the joint statement.

"The partnership ensures customers can rapidly launch scalable cloud-based storage and data protection services with a low total cost of ownership and zero service interruption," the joint statement said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.


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