Scality RING 7.4.1 pushes advancements in SDS use; increases TCO savings, more utilization tracking, enhanced security for customers

Scality, vendor of software solutions for distributed file and object storage and multi-cloud data control, announced Wednesday RING 7.4.1, augmenting the 7.4 Long Term Support (LTS) release. This release continues Scality’s relentless focus and investment to bring advantages in scalability and freedom of choice from Software Defined Storage (SDS) to enterprise customers with additional capabilities for simplified operations and enhanced multi-tenant security.

With new features that enable service providers and to reduce the overall cost of petabyte-scale deployment and operations both for them and for enterprises, the release brings comprehensive utilization reporting to streamline storage capacity planning, billing and chargeback.  

Additional capabilities incorporate  intuitive UI-based access to full utilization metrics including bandwidth, operations and capacity at multiple usage levels, as an enhancement to the Amazon S3 Service Management console introduced in RING 7.4.

RING is a cloud-scale, distributed software solution for petabyte-scale unstructured data storage. It is designed to create scale-out storage systems for petabyte-scale applications and use cases, both object and file, that are deployed in enterprise data centers. RING is a fully distributed system deployed on industry standard hardware, starting with a minimum of three storage servers. The system can be seamlessly scaled-out to thousands of servers with 100’s of petabytes of storage capacity. RING has no single points of failure, and requires no downtime during any upgrades, scaling, planned maintenance or unplanned system events.

With self-healing capabilities, it continues operating normally throughout these events. To match performance to increasing capacity, RING can also independently scale-out its access layer of protocol “connectors”, to enable an even match of aggregate performance to the application load. RING provides data protection and resiliency through local or geo-distributed erasure-coding and replication, with services for continuous self-healing to resolve expected failures in platform components such as servers and disk drives.

RING is fundamentally built on a scale-out object-storage layer that employs a second-generation peer-to-peer architecture. This approach uniquely distributes both the user data and the associated metadata across the underlying nodes to eliminate the typical central metadata database bottleneck.

To enable file and object data in the same system, the RING integrates a virtual file system layer through an internal NoSQL scale-out database system, which provides POSIX-based access semantics using standard NFS, SMB and FUSE protocols with shared access to the files as objects using the REST protocol.

RING 7.4.1 also extends the secure multi-tenancy capabilities of the RING by enhancing the Amazon S3 Service Management console to provide simple management of AWS-style access control policies. The RING implements a comprehensive AWS IAM-compatible identity and access management service with accounts, users, groups, policies and secure key pair-based authentication.

RING 7.4.1 delivers a point-and-click user interface for simplified management of User and Group level policies, to enable administrators and DevOps personnel to easily secure access to the RING according to business requirements.

“Hearing our RING customers report millions in operational savings further motivates us to push the envelope in making scale-out storage as simple as an appliance,” said Jerome Lecat, CEO, Scality.  “Our mantra is to prioritize the real-world benefits to our customers, and this means to bulletproof reliability, security, ease-of-use and freedom of choice all while offering the lowest possible TCO.”

“Our customers in healthcare, financial services and government care deeply about securing their platforms,” said Paul Speciale, Chief Product Officer, Scality.  “With our continued focus on simplifying and securing scale-out storage, we are seeing tremendous trust from a growing customer base in those security-sensitive industries.”


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