The company that takes your digital business to the next level
Who we are
- 20 Employees
- 180 Cumulative years of experience
- 60 Millions end-users
OpenIO technology was created by an experienced team of storage engineers who are passionate about designing and running large-scale storage and data processing platforms.
Officially launched as a company in June 2015, OpenIO started developing its object storage technology in 2006. At that time, OpenIO was one of the few pioneers in this burgeoning data storage sector. For the past 10 years, the team has architected, delivered, and supported numerous hyper-scale storage platforms containing hundreds of billions of objects, with remarkable stability and zero down time.
2006 Idea & initial concept
In the data center of the company we were working for, data needs were growing exponentially. Our traditional NAS/SAN storage solution was overwhelming the team charged with running these platforms. Simply adding more of the same was not an option. Since most of the data we were dealing with was made up of immutable objects, it was possible to switch to a web-like GET/PUT/DELETE paradigm instead of a POSIX filesystem API. This approach would also make it possible to eliminate the complex hardware required to run these filesystems in a fully distributed manner. This led to the idea of an object storage solution.
2007 Design & development
We designed a custom solution with a massively distributed directory, which enabled a true scale-out design. Each node would contain a part of the directory, so that the I/O intensive metadata load would be distributed across the cluster. Each new node would be immediately used, so there was no need to re-dispatch existing data to benefit from new hardware. Data storage would be decoupled from metadata storage, providing true scalability and unmatched performance.
2009 First massive production
In February 2009, we launched a new platform for a massive production of a large-scale email system. We realized that moving data to process it outside the storage platform was non-optimal. The platform had an excess of CPU and RAM, and we were using simple Linux hosts to start new apps. We decided to run data processing and data treatment on the object storage platform itself. We used our advanced load balancing techniques for data placement to enable efficient load balancing of the apps.
2012 Open source strategy
In 2012, we made the solution an open source project. Originally designed as a general-purpose object storage solution, OpenIO has since been used across multiple storage applications: consumer class email and cloud storage, archiving of radar speed control camera recordings, healthcare data, and much more.
2014 10+ PB managed
The OpenIO solution was used to store more than 10 petabytes of email for two major French Telco/ISPs. These clusters store in excess of 10 billion objects, with 20Gbps of bandwidth capacity at peak hours. We provide 24/7 support for these critical systems.
2015 OpenIO is born
We started OpenIO to offer this remarkable solution as a fully supported product, and also to build an active open source community around the solution. We are a team of passionate, dedicated, and creative engineers, experts in all aspects of hyper-scale email and data infrastructure.