Scality, maker of storage systems for cloud and virtual use, has recently updated its RING Organic Storage system, and claims that the results “redefine” the object storage category and that it can out-perform both SAN and NAS, and do so at a lower cost.
The recent announcement also states that Scality has included a number of new features are being released with this update; all gathered from experience that the company has had with RING in the field.
RING comes at a crucial time in the development of cloud storage, where many companies assume that cheaper services mean a far lower level of quality and service. With standards in the cloud severely lacking, it can be difficult for companies to make the distinction between quality and simply “high priced.”
When it comes to storage, many businesses have been told that NAS or SAN are their only options, and that object based storage will simply be too slow. Scality disagrees, and states that a RING with 100 nodes can deliver predictable latency of less than 40 ms and retrieve hundreds of thousands of object per second, all at a price that comes out to be less than $1/GB.
The company says that their RING system can use SSD, SAS or SATA media, and can operate on Ethernet or Infiniband networks with no problems. New features with this update include nearly limitless numbers of objects and sizes for individual objects, as well as the ability to deal with multiple types of servers all in the same RING.
According to Scality, it is the organic nature of their system that allows it to perform so well for unstructured data, and allows it to offer far more than low costs when it comes to storage.