With more than 1 billion new objects under WOS management added per week, DDN object storage adoption is increasing rapidly as users seek network-efficient solutions for data sharing, alternatives to tape for long term archive, and lower cost storage tiers within NAS environments. To address the long-term archive use case, DDN has added both a lower cost storage tier as well as the option to perform continuous background data integrity checks within WOS to ensure data integrity is maintained throughout the long lifecycle of archive requirements.
DDN's WOS 360 2.0 enables secure public and private Cloud deployments, and delivers efficient data protection options while reducing storage administration and cost. In addition to expanding use cases such as enterprise, Cloud and file sync and share, it is ideal for data-intensive environments within media and entertainment, research, life sciences and education.
The challenge of managing, sharing and extracting value from rapidly growing, large scale, unstructured data is impacting IT organizations worldwide and is driving demand for intelligent, high density, cost effective storage deployments", stated Molly Rector, CMO, executive vice president product management and worldwide marketing, DDN. "We are committed to advancing the promise of object storage to enable organisations to build highly reliable, infinitely scalable, cost-efficient storage pools for all their unstructured data. And, with increased connectivity and additional lower cost configuration options, DDN has made it easier than ever to design and deploy optimized end-to-end storage solutions using WOS to meet these challenges."
The WOS capacity node enables customers to store and protect massive quantities of unstructured data within the smallest footprint and at the lowest cost per TB. It delivers industry-leading storage density, twice the density of competitive offerings, and provides 768 terabytes (TB) of raw capacity in just 4U of rack space. Preconfigured with 96 8TB drives and two 10Gb Ethernet ports, the WOS capacity node offers a new long-term tier to supplement the WOS 7000 performance tier. WOS 360 2.0 uniquely offers high-performance nodes and dense, high-capacity storage tier options for an ultra-efficient, cost-effective object storage solution.
To best support DDN's channel partners, the company has streamlined the WOS deployment process, making it turnkey to install. With a simple point and click graphical user interface (GUI), the administrator simply selects the specific WOS components and target systems on which to deploy. Once deployment options are specified, the installation process is fully automated and enables large and complex configurations to be deployed in minutes. Software updates to existing WOS clusters are also automated to further streamline system management and reduce ongoing storage administration for the customer.
The WOS 360 2.0 release expands access options to any storage environment with the addition of a native OpenStack Swift API. With DDN's new Swift API, organisations using OpenStack are able to easily leverage the advanced data protection, scalability, performance, storage efficiency and geo-distribution capabilities available through DDN's industry-leading WOS platform. The broad range of WOS interface options include: S3/Swift NFS/CIFS/SMB, GPFS, and native WOS REST extensions for private or hybrid Cloud deployments.
As market adoption of object storage accelerates, customers are requiring solutions that deliver higher levels of data protection and storage efficiency without the excessive network bandwidth consumption found with most solutions in the market. WOS Global ObjectAssure (GOA), DDN's second generation hierarchical erasure code is now 20 percent more storage efficient and delivers data protection across multiple sites with only 1.5x storage overhead. The improved efficiency translates directly to lower storage acquisition and network cost, improved space efficiency and reduced power requirements.
Keeping up with the growth in unstructured data may be the single biggest challenge facing the data centre over the next five years. Object storage is gaining traction because it was designed specifically for unstructured data and can handle that data on a massive scale", stated George Crump, chief steward, Storage Switzerland. "DDN is solidifying a leadership position with its latest WOS platform features that not only advance performance, scalability and geo-distribution capabilities, but also expand connectivity options to allow more environments such as OpenStack Swift to leverage its potential."
In addition to unmatched density, enhanced data protection, and simplified installation, new WOS features include: