Object storage is no longer relegated to Peta-Scale Web 2.0 application or the dusty corner of cold archives as customers begin to realize the power of storage that scales linearly.

Five years ago, we were all hearing about how exciting object storage was going to be – it was going to scale to handle the largest collections of data on the planet and be really, really cheap.

Of course, back then, object storage offerings were less simple to consume. If you had a tech team dedicated to your primary application who could code to object storage API’s, then you too could harness the promise of object storage – of course, this meant only a handful of organizations could really take advantage of it.

Spin forward five years, and there are several object storage offerings in the commercial space, and some in open source too. They have added enough of an interface ecosystem around their object storage to make it consumable by (most of) the other 99% of IT shops. With an ever expanding choices of ways to get data into and out of systems, such as legacy NFS/SMB or more modern S3 and OpenStack interfaces, object storage can now be deployed beyond Webscale 2.0 applications.

While storage and software as a service and content delivery networks will continue to be the largest consumers (and purveyors) of object storage, now the technology is also ready for active archive, large scale data collaboration, data availability and Enterprise IT applications like file sync and share.

We see other commercial object vendors moving more and more towards basic IT storage replacement use cases.

DDN is more interested in the places object storage can make a difference in building collaborative communities, setting up multi-use active archives, and overcoming the inertia of data at scale for applications like data protection and multi-site, global data sharing.

For example:

  • Scripps Research is leveraging DDN WOS Object Storage to deliver ‘unlimited’ storage for massive surge in electron microscope data used in life-saving discoveries
  • Public Health England uses WOS to share epidemiological data across multiple sites in the fight against the spread of deadly diseases.
  • SSERCA use WOS as a storage cloud to support a state-wide community of dispersed scientists
  • Bezeq uses WOS to provide petabytes of cost-effective storage as a service to a rapidly growing subscriber base.
  • Deluxe Creative Services relies on WOS to access and share high resolution post-production workflow content on a global scale

Recent WOS customers who bought WOS as software only include Weill Cornell, Guosen Securities and Compute Canada, just to name a few.

DDN has some unique IP where it counts in object storage.  A NoFS approach, combined with built-in latency mapping, yield efficiency and hard-cost savings, significant performance advantages and simpler set up and scaling than competing offerings.  Optional local object assure data protection, makes WOS the only object store that won’t make users rebuild drives over the LAN or WAN giving WOS huge availability advantages. And DDN’s unique bridging technology means you can run your high performance SAN and your object storage in the same name space so users and applications have a single view of all data regardless of what type of media or architecture it’s on, or even where in the world it is.

So, if you have an object storage initiative, or you think you need an archive or a new way to share large data sets, results or assets—whether across two sites or 2,000 sites—check out WOS. The object storage with the funny name that delivers serious results. Check out our latest press release to see how DDN keeps leveling up the object storage game with WOS.


  • Laura Shepard
  • Laura Shepard
  • Senior Director of Marketing
  • Date: September 13, 2016