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DDN Announces WOS Object Storage Support for Open Compute Project (OCP) Hardware to Enable Efficient and Connected Hyperscale Data Centers

WOS Software on OCP Storage Hardware Enables Global Organizations to Build Hyperscale Storage Clouds Capable of Serving Over 55B Objects Per Day

CHATSWORTH, CA — (May 17, 2012) — DataDirect Networks (DDN™), world leader in massively scalable storage, today announced support for DDN’s Web Object Scaler (WOS™), its award-winning hyperscale object storage solution, on the recently announced Open Compute server and storage platforms in cooperation with the Open Compute Project (OCP).

WOS software enables organizations to easily build and deploy their own storage clouds across geographically distributed sites that can scale to unprecedented levels, while still being managed as a single entity. Designed for performance, resiliency and capacity scalability, WOS can ingest and distribute over 55 billion objects per day with today’s commodity storage hardware. With a fundamental design to support scalability to over an exabyte of global storage capacity and trillions of objects, global data distribution and latency-optimized global access, WOS is built to enable multi-site, global organizations to connect to and collaborate on data without the bottlenecks and overhead associated with traditional file access.

“Historically, there has not been an industry movement around standardizing and driving the adoption of mass-market hyperscale hardware technology,” said Jean-Luc Chatelain, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Technology, DDN. “With the new OCP storage hardware specification, DDN is able to focus its cloud storage efforts and investments on the software intelligence that drives today’s business and social connection. The Open Compute movement allows us to harness the power of crowd-sourced hardware design and a highly optimized supply chain to drive the best value for our customers.”

“The challenges around building web-scale infrastructure are particularly thorny when it comes to designing the storage component, particularly as organizations look to deal efficiently and effectively with storing very large data volumes,” said Simon Robinson, Research Vice President at 451 Research. “This is leading to some creative approaches, not only in terms of innovative technology but also in terms of exploring new pathways to market. Alliances between proprietary offerings such as DDN’s WOS and open source initiatives such as the Open Compute Project are one such example, and we’re fascinated to see how this could help create new value in the market.”

OCP is a non-profit organization focused on the development of open standards to support massively scalable, efficient, and economical computing infrastructure around the world. They recently held their third OCP summit, at which Chatelain discussed object storage, the peer-voted most popular topic of the workshop. “It was an exciting inflection point in the DDN story to be chosen to speak to such an engaged collection of scalability specialists about the opportunity presented by hyperscale object storage and the market disruptions which are driving this to become the de facto storage model in web-scale data centers,” said Chatelain.

DDN WOS software will be qualifying the OCP storage platform when it becomes generally available from hardware manufacturers, which is expected to be within the next year.

About DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world leader in massively scalable storage. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world’s leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN’s solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world’s most scalable data centers to ensure competitive business advantage for today’s information powered enterprise.

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