DataDirect Networks, a vendor of high-performance storage arrays, has announced a major update to its web object storage (WOS) platform, enabling it to serve as a cost-effective scale-out tool for unstructured data requirements.
Announced on Wednesday, WOS 360 provides support for the entire data lifecycle, integrates with other storage platforms, and can support several applications within a single infrastructure, according to DataDirect Networks (DDN).
The firm is also introducing a new low-cost WOS Archive Node, and a WOS Connect Partner Programme aimed at building up a partner ecosystem able to better meet the requirements of customers.
With the WOS 360 platform update, DDN said it is introducing Global ObjectAssure (GOA), a new kind of distributed erasure coding designed for multi-site deployments where customers require very low-cost infrastructures for very large data sets.
DDN chief marketing officer Molly Rector told V3: "This is a really important piece of technology that's really differentiating us versus some of the other object-storage platforms out there.
"GOA offers four different ways for customers to set up their data protection or data sharing, and no matter how they set that up, the different copies of data are usable across two sites, three sites, four sites, or however many they have.
"Also copying across multiple sites is a significant undertaking when you have petabytes of data, but because we can use distributed erasure coding to move the data in the background, there's great WAN optimisation built into it," she explained.
On the hardware side, the WOS 7000 Archive Node is designed to offer the cost per terabyte of data for archiving, DDN said. The node is a 4U chassis supporting up to 60 4TB SAS drives.
"What customers are looking for is a low-cost solution that they can continue to expand their object store on," claimed Rector, saying that the cost per gigabyte is about 20 to 30 percent lower than typical performance nodes.
Meanwhile, WOS Connect enables developer partners to have access to resources such as implementation details and DDN's engineering departments, with the aim of delivering integrated technology solutions supported by joint sales and marketing programmes.
WOS 360 is shipping now with limited availability, and will be fully available by the end of March, DDN said. The WOS 7000 Archive Node will be available from April, while the WOS Connect programme is active now.
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