Scality Delivers Persistent Block Storage for Virtual Machines

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With the Scality Ring Cinder plugin, OpenStack users to benefit from Scality’s scale-out storage infrastructure

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Scality is one of the first players to actually deliver on the promise of true and complete unified storage access, including object, file and now block storage.

Scality, the revolutionary innovator in scale-out storage infrastructure, today unveils its first contribution to the OpenStack Foundation with its Scality RING plugin for the Cinder project. Cinder, the block storage layer within the OpenStack project, offers the capability for virtual machines to discover and use persistent block volumes.

“The Scality Cinder plugin contribution enables OpenStack adopters to catch up with Amazon EBS persistent volumes for virtual machines,” said Jérôme Lecat, CEO of Scality. “With this contribution to the Grizzly release, OpenStack Compute will have the perfect storage companion for deploying in high demand, cloud computing environments. It will boost the market adoption for OpenStack,” continued Lecat.

The Cinder integration is built on Scality’s unique distributed sparse file technology embedded in Scality’s Scale Out File System (SOFS). Each Cinder volume is effectively a file inside Scality’s scale-out storage. This ensures easy management, seamless scalability and enables advanced virtualization features such as live migrations of virtual machines and instant failover in case of compute node hardware failure. RING’s distributed architecture enables extraordinary concurrency and ensures high performance, both in terms of high IOPS and throughput. All of RING’s features, including advanced data protection and data durability functionalities, are available to Cinder volumes.

As noted by Philippe Nicolas, Director of Product Strategy at Scality, “This block storage interface completes Scality’s unified storage strategy. Scality is one of the first players to actually deliver on the promise of true and complete unified storage access, including object, file and now block storage.” Mr. Nicolas added, “Enterprise and cloud service providers will gain valuable flexibility, improve the speed of deployment and reduce administrative overhead and cost with the Scality Cinder plugin.”

Scality’s Cinder integration ( will be available with OpenStack’s Grizzly release scheduled for Spring 2013.

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Scality redefines storage at scale to make petabyte scale storage easier, less expensive, more reliable and higher performance.

Scality’s RING Organic software turns generic x86 servers into a rock solid storage platform. The servers provide the storage media, whether it is performance oriented SSD or capacity oriented SATA, and Scality award-winning software takes care of the rest: Centralized management, data protection, self-healing, high availability and automated-tiering. At the core, Scality leverages a completely scale-out, software-based, design, based on modern object storage technology with no single point-of-failure which delivers outstanding scalability while the end to end parallel architecture provides unsurpassed performance.

With its fully standards based design, Scality RING supports POSIX file systems, REST standards such as CDMI, Hadoop and block storage to extend virtual machines within the OpenStack framework. The software solution delivers the promise of the cloud, without requiring massive changes to your application. Scality is used by cloud providers, video broadcasters, Web 2.0 portals and HPC labs to deliver service to millions of users worldwide since 2010. For more information, visit: or follow @Scality on Twitter.

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