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WOS CycleToday, DDN announced an exciting addition to the list of WOS Access interfaces: Amazon Simple Storage Services, or S3. While S3 has matured and evolved as an interface-of-choice for cloud deployments, the market has yet to see a combination of a standardized and easy to deploy interface (such as S3) with a powerful object storage platform (like WOS), until now. The availability of S3 with the WOS storage platform expands the applicable market of the industry’s highest performing, most scalable object storage platform by supporting the large and growing list of S3 compatible applications. WOS Access with S3 adds unlimited potential for customers who are looking to implement high performance, scalability, storage efficiency, data protection options and the lowest management cost at scale.

Many of the largest web, research, and service provider organizations have implemented mission critical data repositories based on WOS object storage over the past 5 years. Today, these environments scale to include multiple geographically distributed sites with many 10s of petabytes of storage with continued growth planned. With the introduction of Amazon S3 compatible interface for WOS, IT organizations of all sizes can now leverage the capabilities of WOS in their environment. With the growing ecosystem of S3 compatible applications, and the introduction of an S3 interface, data centric organizations around the world can now easily take advantage of the scalability, performance and low TCO of DDN’s WOS object storage. The S3 application ecosystem gives IT organizations a broader scope of software choices and increased solution capabilities when implementing private or hybrid cloud storage solutions.

How WOS with S3 stands out:

WOS S3 supports non-disruptive scale-out both in terms of capacity or performance as required to deliver additional services or to meet changing workloads. S3 performance can be scaled independently of storage capacity to support additional applications or an expanding workforce while storage capacity can be expanded to meet changing data retention requirement or growth.

WOS S3 offers flexible packaging options that allow you to choose plug and play simplicity with the option of preconfigured S3 appliances, or a build-your-own approach with software-only distribution that enables you to run the S3 gateway on your preferred server hardware vendor.

WOS S3 supports key S3 API features that improve performance and deliver improved efficiency. WOS S3 implements API commands for Multipart Upload and Delete Multiple Objects that competing offerings have neglected to support.

WOS delivers maximum storage efficiency with regard to storage utilization, delivering approximately 99% of the raw disk space to the application layer compared to the typical 80% offered by traditional storage systems after file system overhead and provisioning waste.

WOS excels at protecting both large and small objects. Flexible data protection options enable WOS to be tuned to meet the specific requirements of varied applications or data types. WOS employs policy driven data protection that automatically adjusts for efficiency based on object size, and supports multiple data protection and storage efficiency schemes to meet a broad set of requirements.

WOS improves data durability. IT organizations love the big 6TB drives for their low cost, small footprint and power savings, but when they fail, it can take several days for a traditional RAID array or lesser object storage system to recover. With WOS’s implementation of error correction, the data rebuild is as short as 2 to 8 hours, dramatically reducing the exposure to a second or third failed drive and possible data loss.

WOS maintains I/O performance at scale, The WOS file system is engineered for exascale capacity and trillions of objects, and maintains its one I/O per read and two I/Os per write profile regardless of storage capacity or number of objects.

WOS scale is practically limitless. Capacity, performance and the number of objects supported seamlessly expands to levels only dreamed of in the past. The WOS architecture employs a modular approach that enables the system to support 1,000s of storage nodes, gigabytes of throughput and trillions of objects in a single global namespace.  

WOS partner network

In conjunction with the announcement of S3 for WOS, DDN is also announcing the expansion of the WOS partner network. The partner network provides the tools needed for application developers and IT organizations to test and verify applications with the connectivity options of WOS including NAS (NFS/CIFS), S3, REST, GPFS and the WOS native interface. With the addition of S3, WOS has reached a significant landmark, adding new partners and expanding the diversity of available solutions that enable easier integration and plug-n-play support for third party ISV applications and technology partners. The strong growth in the number and diversity of WOS partner network demonstrates the growing realization of the benefits of DDN’s WOS object storage platform.

WOS Partner Ecosystem Adding S3 functionality to WOS provides vast potential for customers who are looking to deploy high-performance, scale-out cloud storage for a range of use cases including web applications, collaborative workflows, content delivery and active archives. By combining the superior scalability, performance, data distribution and data durability of WOS with the S3 interface, you can address your immediate requirements, minimize development costs and quickly offer new services in the future. Additionally, this functionality gives you the ability to keep you in control of your data by seamlessly bringing S3-based public cloud workloads in-house to improve performance and security or to lower costs.

To learn more about our S3 offering with WOS differentiation, I suggest you stop by our booth (#430) at the upcoming AWS re:Invent show in Las Vegas, NV on November 11-14.

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  • Date: October 28, 2014