DDN Majors on Object Storage and Data Protection

DataDirect Networks has fresh enhancements to its WOS object storage platform that include increased data protection and multi-site connectivity options.

With its newest capabilities, DDN claims WOS provides the lowest data protection overhead available. It is also claimed to deliver control for local-only rebuilds for higher uptime and lower performance impact of hardware failures, along with multi-site collaboration, distribution and disaster recovery "that is faster and more efficient than public cloud solutions".

"The new digitized world demands infrastructure solutions that are extremely scalable and flexible in terms of delivery performance and connectivity models and that offer full data protection with a wide choice of user-selected protection methods," said Amita Potnis, research manager in IDC's Storage team. "With continual innovation in object storage technologies and features, DDN’s object storage platform is leading end users along this path of digitization."

DDN’s WOS data protection is called Extended ObjectAssure. “WOS’s extremely low overhead expenses make the cost of object storage competitive with tape storage alternatives,” said Potnis. “It also enables faster rebuild times that lower the risk of data loss during a rebuild and eliminate or limit performance impacts from drive failures.

DDN’s expanded S3 multi-site capabilities bolster collaboration, disaster recovery and content distribution for customers with multi-site data sharing needs and provide fast, error-free data transfers. With DDN’s S3 interface, customers have a faster, cost-effective, secure and reliable alternative to public clouds.

“Object storage is really coming into its own with surging adoption across key use cases like large active archives, multi-site collaboration, content distribution, disk backup and disaster recovery,” said Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing for DDN. “The new WOS features give our customers the lowest data protection overhead option in the industry, which directly translates to big cost savings. For sites that need to move a lot of data quickly and reliably for collaboration or backup, the new S3 multi-site feature delivers sizeable numbers of large objects faster and more reliably than public cloud solutions.”

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