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OpenIO Validates Its Technology on Kinetic Open Storage

OpenIO extends its SDS platform to simplify large configurations and anticipates the future now.

SAN FRANCISCO – OpenIO Inc., next generation open source object storage vendor, today announced OpenIO’s Kinetic Open Storage certification as part of its participation in Kinetic Plugfest, an open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation, and anticipates the next storage industry revolution.

OpenIO SDS now integrates the Kinetic Open Storage platform to enable a new scale-out storage approach. While keeping all the key features of the OpenIO technology, such as built-in tiering, never rebalance, erasure coding, geo-replication, and without modifying the internals of the core solution, OpenIO leverages easily and efficiently all the benefits of Kinetic revolutionary drives.

From high-end storage arrays, the industry has evolved to commodity x86 servers to efficiently reach petabyte scale. Kinetic Open Storage is the next major evolutionary step that will enable finer grained scalability for even larger platforms. OpenIO embraces the idea of reducing overhead drive costs by presenting them directly on the network. It drastically simplifies the software and hardware stack, and reduces the management complexity of the storage platform. The OpenIO technology and Kinetic Open Storage combined replace the usual x86 servers in the datacenter.

OpenIO is among the very few object storage vendors that are able to cope with thousands of nodes in one single platform. Each Kinetic drive is managed as an OpenIO node, reflecting Seagate’s vision while designing the Kinetic technology. At Petabyte scale and more, this order of magnitude in terms of number of drives is easily reached.

As a very flexible and versatile technology, OpenIO is to become the universal solution for any application’s data access regardless of the storage tier (internal drives and SSDs, kinetic drives, hybrid storage cloud, …).

According to Seagate, the Kinetic Open Storage platform is a revolutionary object-based storage platform that breaks from block and file architectures. Designed for unstructured cloud data, the Kinetic medias reduce TCO by up to 50% and simplifies the software stack, boosting performance up to 4×.

“OpenIO’s unique storage solution represents an innovative approach for customers, and is a great fit for the Kinetic Open Storage Project. While providing flexible object or file based interface options, they offer tailored business additions for video, email, or enterprise deployments, offering even more value to customers,” said David Burks, Director, Enterprise Product Strategy at Seagate Technology & Chairman, Kinetic Open Storage Project, Linux Foundation.

“OpenIO is a firm believer that the Kinetic drives are part of the future for datacenter technologies. We are very proud of the collaboration with Seagate and to be certified today. That very first step anticipates an even more disruptive evolution for OpenIO to be run as a server-less platform,” said Laurent Denel, Co-Founder and CEO at OpenIO.

About the Kinetic Open Storage Project

The Kinetic Open Storage Project, a Linux Foundation project, is dedicated to creating an open standard around Ethernet-enabled, key/value kinetic devices. The architecture is inspired by the scale-out data center in which Ethernet and Linux are ubiquitous, open source software reduces barriers to entry, and hardware is becoming commoditized. Project members include Cisco, Cleversafe, Dell, Digital Sense, EMC, Exablox, Huawei, NetApp, OpenIO, Red Hat, Scality, Seagate, SwiftStack, Toshiba and Western Digital.

About Seagate

Seagate creates space for the human experience by innovating how data is stored, shared and used. Learn more at Follow Seagate on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog.

About OpenIO

OpenIO offers an open source storage software that allows organizations to converge application and storage on a single scale-out platform, bringing flexibility and agility to large-scale storage infrastructures. The product is a pure Software Defined Storage solution. Officially launched in June 2015 as a company, OpenIO has a long track record in object storage having started the development of the product in 2006. At that date, only few pioneers existed and OpenIO is one of them. For the past 10 years the team has architected, delivered, and supported numerous hyper-scale storage platforms and hundreds of billions of objects, with remarkable stability and no down time. The company has offices in San Francisco, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, and Montreal.

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Published on September 20, 2016 under Press releases