Object Storage is hot – and with good reason. Object Storage has traversed the hype cycle and is now a bona fide working technology with real cost benefits for big data storage and access.

DDN is the leading object storage– this week we just announced that our Object Storage platform, WOS (Web Object Scaler), recently exceeded 500 billion objects in production. Why is that significant? To see customers deploying WOS at ever-increasing rates demonstrates that they are invested in a mature, full-featured storage platform that scales massively with minimal administrative overhead. They are starting to realize the true value that object storage promised from the beginning. You can read the latest press release here.

What does 500 billion objects mean? In WOS, 500 billion objects can mean enough capacity to store every word ever spoken on earth in digital format, or the data equivalent of 5,000 times the catalog of the US Library of Congress.

By centralizing workloads and distributing storage with no underlying file system (NoFS) and a shared nothing architecture, customers have been able to break down the silos that traditionally existed for long-term storage for uses like cloud applications, video, archive, and backup. The attributes of high-performance, easy scalability and a wide variety of access interfaces (i.e. NFS, SMB, S3, Native APIs, Swift, etc.) make WOS the storage that is simple for customers to leverage across their workloads.

There is also a major shift occurring in the types of customers applying WOS for their use cases. Whereas WOS was initially adopted for Web 2.0 applications, we are seeing a vast majority of more recent adoption in the areas of archiving, data collaboration, content distribution, disaster recovery and backup – deployments that used “traditional storage” like NAS or tape in the past.

We aren’t resting on our laurels either. DDN continues to pursue improvements in the areas of data security, availability and data durability. Customers can continue to have confidence that their storage will not be compromised, and that their data will be there, secure and ready for access when they need it. In addition, DDN continues to make it easier to incorporate WOS into the general IT environments by refining their protocol access points, like NFS and S3, as well as continually announcing new end-to-end solutions like DataMigrator and WOS Enterprise Protect that leverage WOS as the storage of choice.

You can read more about WOS solutions and its use cases here.

All of these advancements continue to propel WOS adoption to new heights, and make the next 500 Billion objects appear really close at hand.

  • Shreyak Shah
  • Shreyak Shah
  • Senior Product Marketing Manager
  • Date: April 27, 2016