Petabyte-scale storage requires new levels of performance, scalability and uptime, all with the benefits of cloud economics.
How does the RING Compare?
The RING is a new class of storage that consolidates traditional NAS, object, tape and scale-out VM storage. Unlike traditional storage, the RING is a software-based storage that is completely decoupled from hardware. This enables tremendous flexibility in your choice of x86 servers, your mix of flash, SSD, HDD and newer media, to match the appropriate hardware form factor for your environment. You can choose server configurations designed for greater throughput or for capacities far exceeding two petabytes in a rack. The RING gives you control, at acquisition prices as much as 40% lower than that of traditional storage. The RING has been deployed across the world with most major server vendors including HP, Dell, IBM, Cisco, SGI and SuperMicro. Unlike today's NAS and SAN, the RING is built from the ground up to be petabyte scale. This means that it can scale to hundreds of petabytes of capacity and billions of objects and also enables global data protection and durability efficiently at massive scale. Instead of the minuscule two-terabyte management units of a typical NAS or SAN, the RING holistically serves, manages and protects all your data as objects. This enables global policies around replication, erasure coding and geo-replication for incredibly efficient and durable storage.
The RING is always-on
Instead of small-scale design points like active/passive failover, RAID, backups and offsite backups, the RING is designed to remain available even with multiple failures in the system at any given time. Failures are inevitable in environments consisting of thousands or more drives and hundreds or more servers. The RING is designed from the ground up to continue running in the face of drive failures, server failures, site failures, capacity upgrades, hardware and software upgrades and multiple generations of hardware or software. We’re proud to have customers running for years with no downtime, while serving millions of their customers. The RING unifies data across multiple applications and mixed workloads at petabyte scale. Traditional storage typically creates silos around applications, workloads, physical units, geographies, and protocols, leading to unnecessary redundancy in infrastructure, data, processes, and management overhead.