BSO announces a high-performance Public Cloud object storage offering, based on OpenIO

BSO, which has been providing high-availability infrastructure solutions since 2004, announces the launch of BSO.st
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This object-mode storage platform, compatible with the S3 API, allows users to consume storage on demand, with a capacity that adjusts to their needs. The service is managed jointly by BSO (for the hardware layer) and OpenIO (for the software layer), to scale as quickly as necessary to meet user needs - which are proving exponential with the explosion of data produced by companies.

High-performance object storage for all types of use cases, from backup to Big Data

The particularity of this offer is that it aims to provide storage with the highest performance in the market, in terms of bandwidth (i.e. the ability to read and write a large volume of data at high speed). Since it is a public cloud offer physical resources are shared, but performance will remain consistent.

To achieve this high level of performance, the service relies on machines equipped with a dual 40 Gbps port, interconnected to the backbone (250 points of presence worldwide) that is managed by BSO via 2 x 40 Gbps links (upgradable to N x 100 Gbps). OpenIO makes the most of these resources. OpenIO demonstrated the technology’s performance by running a challenge to break the Terabit per second write barrier, on a Criteo Labs infrastructure in September 2019 (more about the #TbpsChallenge).

BSO.st is already available in Paris, and will soon be available in New York and London so that companies can locate their data as close as possible to their users and offer them the best access times. For each geographical area, the data is by default duplicated in three data centres, located within three distinct incident zones. This ensures high data availability (100%) and an SLA of 99.9%.

Attractive and predictable pricing

The other specificity of BSO.st is its price, which can be up to two times less than the market leader and above all, much more predictable!

Pricing is based on:

  • the volume of stored data useful volume

  • the bandwidth consumed to write and read data, except in the case where data is read/written by other Cloud services in the BSO ecosystem. In this case, the bandwidth is free of charge.  This is not the case with other companies, where billing rates can be difficult to control, or even economically unsustainable as data usage increases.

The rate ranges from €0.012 per GB/month for up to 500 TB, to €0.0085 per GB/month for 5 PB and beyond.  By way of comparison, the storage of one PB of data with BSO.st costs 10,000 € per Gb/month, compared to more than 24,000 € per Gb/month with AWS, without subscribing to the "datacenter failure security" option, which is natively included in the BSO.st service.

Alexander Legrix, BSO’s Global Systems & Managed Services Director: "We are delighted to enter this partnership. OpenIO is an Object Store with one of the highest performances in the market, due to its unique grid design and its dynamic and intelligent data placement technology - ConsciousGridTM –  which allows scaling a platform without rebalancing data. We also chose it for its robustness, and the proximity we have with those who develop and evolve this cutting-edge technology.”

Laurent Denel, CEO and co-founder of OpenIO: "We are observing an increasing movement in Data Repatriation: companies want to regain control of their data and control their storage costs. They are leaving the US cloud services leaders to build their private cloud, and some are turning to public cloud services based in Europe, whose business model is more transparent, following the example of the BSO.st offer. Users need to be able to choose between the two models, or even choose a hybrid form because public cloud storage provides great flexibility to start a new project without investing or to absorb a temporary overflow of business capacity.

Finally, we are pleased that BSO shares our vision that Object Storage is no longer a technology to be considered only for backup: with the performance it provides today, object storage can be used to build data lakes and to serve data at high speed to computing clusters, for Big Data and AI applications.”

About BSO

BSO is a global telecoms operator powering the digital age. 15 years of innovation, independence and pioneering spirit underpin its customer relationships – trusted partnerships with technology-empowered companies that are embracing global opportunities, scaling rapidly and outperforming competitors.

From trading firms at finance’s bleeding edge to high-growth businesses where network performance, reach, diversity and exceptional 24/7 support define success, BSO delivers every time. The world’s largest privately-owned telecom company by PoP count. An unrivalled international footprint. Extensive expertise in difficult-to-access regions and emerging markets. A team listening intently to every customer’s unique needs. A broad spectrum of shared and dedicated services, unmanaged to fully managed. An uncontested consulting-led approach.

This bespoke intelligent infrastructure, incomparable speed, unmatched service, experience and state-of-the-art technology is what makes BSO a passionate partner rather than a transactional provider.

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About OpenIO

OpenIO represents the new generation of S3-compatible object storage solutions, adapted to Big Data/HPC workloads, and ideal for AI applications. In addition to its record-breaking performance in terms of achievable bandwidth (> 1 Tbps), the technology developed by OpenIO offers infinite scalability, which does not involve rebuilding data when adding resources to the platform. This is made possible by the dynamic and intelligent placement of data on the different nodes of the cluster, according to their state at instant T – whereas most Object Storage solutions, out of simplicity, distribute the data in a purely algorithmic way, without taking into account the state of the platform or the nodes that make it up.

OpenIO is a software-defined hardware-agnostic solution, capable of taking full advantage of commodity servers and supporting hardware heterogeneity within the same cluster. OpenIO’s technology has already attracted more than 40 customers worldwide, including Dailymotion, CEA, and the Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) service provider.

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