GDS International Scality Simply Scaling Storage
by GDS International on Oct 25, 2012
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Scality’s RING Organic Storage is a market-proven, cost-effective software solution for
the storage of unstructured data at petabyte scale. Scality RING is based on patented
object storage technology, which delivers high availability, ease of operations and total
control of your data. It is capable of handling billions of files, without the hassle of
volume management or complex backup procedures.
The organic design creates a scale-out system with distributed intelligence that has no
single point of failure. As a result, RING Organic Storage is resilient and self healing,
and technology refreshes do not require any data migration or downtime. Thanks to its
parallel design Scality RING delivers very high performance for file read and write
Using only off-the-shelf components, Scality RING provides reliable, enterprise grade
mechanisms for data protection and continuity of service. Thanks to an intelligent mix of
replication and erasure coding technologies, data durability * beyond twelve nines
(99.9999999999%) can be reached.
The RING Organic Storage solution uses a distributed, decentralized and geo-redundant
peer-to-peer architecture where data is evenly spread among all participating storage
servers. The system is an aggregation of independent, loosely coupled servers in a
“shared nothing” model, logically unified in a “ring” to provide unique linear scalability,
cost efficiency and data protection.
The Ring also provides exceptional fault tolerance, protecting against all types of
outages (disk, servers, silent error corruption, network, power…). It ensures high
availability thanks to intelligent data placement within one site or across multiple sites. It
accomplishes this without the use of a central database, which would otherwise conflict
with the Ring philosophy of eliminating all potential single points of failure.
The essence of to Ring’s performance is its massively parallel architecture, fully utilizing
all (potentially heterogeneous) storage servers in order to sustain very high aggregated
data transfert rates and IOPS levels. It is designed to scale linearly to thousands of
Scality has developed a unique approach, primed for the exponential growth in storage
demand. The Ring allows you to grow in step with your business needs without having
to worry about costly and complex hardware refresh cycles.
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