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Scality improves resiliency and data protection for object storage
Fri, 20th Oct 2023

Scality has announced standardised interoperability between VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Interoperability Service (OSIS) and Scality RING.

Through this collaboration, Scality states it will enable its customers to expand their cloud storage offerings with intrinsic security. Additionally, plug-and-play interoperability between Scality RING and VMware Cloud Director can be leveraged to operate new object storage services for a range of data protection workloads, helping service providers increase revenue streams from advanced storage services without a huge engineering lift.

Scality is the first S3 object storage vendor to self-certify as an OSIS-compliant partner for VMware Cloud Director.

To simplify S3 object storage interoperability, VMware launched the Object Storage Interoperability Service (OSIS), which allows any S3-compliant vendor to officially work directly with the VMware Cloud Director UI.

This capability gives customers faster access to S3 object storage services, reducing the friction previously required for customised solutions, the company states.

Service providers and their customers can now manage petabyte-scale object storage directly from the VMware Cloud Director user interface. The OSIS extension permits Cloud Director to talk directly to Scality RING to simplify the management of tenant and user information.

Wally MacDermid, VP strategic alliances & business development, Scality, says, "Once VMware OSIS hit the market, Scality engineers moved quickly to get the solution certified. Making Scality RING an accessible solution through the Cloud Director UI means more end users will be able to safeguard critical data. And, for service providers, its truly a win-win to grow business opportunities with more cyber-resilient service offerings."

Faster time-to-market with more as-a-Service offerings

VMware Cloud Director allows service providers to deliver cloud services and as-a-Service (aaS) offerings to their customers. With a scalable S3-compatible object store at their fingertips, service providers can pivot quickly to build new services and revenue streams.

Powered by the new Scality RING OSIS Adapter, Scality now delivers rapid deployment of a variety of object storage service offerings that include: Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), Ransomware-protection-as-a-Service (RPaaS) and many other aaS right through the UI in minutes. 

Scality gives service providers a cyber-resilient cloud offering with:

Comprehensive Amazon S3 compatibility

  • S3 API support including all bucket and object operations, plus advanced APIs for object locking, replication, lifecycle management, versioning, encryption and more.
  • AWS-compatible identity and access management for secure multi-tenancy and an experience.
  • Optimised S3 metadata engine tuned to the access patterns and performance profiles of S3 applications.
  • Hybrid-cloud namespace enables replication or lifecycle transitioning of data to any location, whether stored on Scality, a supported public cloud (AWS, Azure, Google or CSP) or tape.

Enterprise-grade security

  • Comprehensive AWS-compatible multi-tenancy for secure management of accounts, users groups, roles and policies.
  • Immutability via S3 Object Lock with configurable data retention policies and compliance mode.
  • Over-the-wire data encryption via HTTPS (TLS).
  • AES 256-bit data encryption-at-rest with support for key management systems (KMS) over standard KMIP API.
  • Role-based access control (RBAC) with 5 predefined levels of administrative roles, each with specific access controls.
  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for secure UI logins, plus automated firewall rules on deployment.
  • Security-hardened operating system.
  • Asynchronous replication to a remote Scality target, cloud or tape for D/R or air-gapping.

Boundless scalability

  • Proven in 500+ customer production environments to scale to over 100PB and 100s of billions of objects in a single, distributed system no downtime or disruption of access.
  • S3 performance scales out linearly to match capacity, even for high-churn workloads that would make other systems buckle.

Operational and economic efficiency

  • Intuitive UI provides simple portal-style management APIs with dashboards for a range of health status views, from high-level to heavily-detailed.
  • Automated management and monitoring via REST APIs make it easy to build automation tools, scripts or apps.
  • Super durable and space-efficient data protection via industry-leading erasure coding, data integrity assurance and self-healing mechanisms.
  • Consumption-based utilisation reporting gives insights into capacity and performance per site/account/user.
  • 100% software-defined approach leverages standard x64 hardware.
  • Cloud-style subscription pricing based on usable capacity makes things straightforward and affordable.

Guy Bartram, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, says, "We introduced OSIS to align with our Cloud Service Provider requirements for a single interface into any third-party object store from within Cloud Director. We aim to deepen alliances and ecosystem usage by fostering stronger collaboration and innovating advanced integrations to enhance Cloud Director offerings."

"Customers need the durability, scalability, and security of object storage, not just in hyperscale clouds. They can now benefit from having a single user interface for managing, provisioning, and monitoring RING S3 compatible object storage via VMware Cloud Director, aligning with the need for consistent user interfaces and standardisation of cloud functions."