The new subscription cloud data controller builds on an earlier open source version that Scality rolled out last year. But unlike that product, which was based on Docker Swarm, the new editions use a Kubernetes orchestration framework. “It gives us more flexibility and a larger ecosystem around Kubernetes to deploy on prem or in cloud,” said Wally MacDermid, VP of Scality’s cloud business.
Zenko supports on-premises storage devices and cloud storage from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Digital Ocean, Wasabi, and Scality’s software-defined storage product Ring. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) interface provides a single endpoint to store, manage, retrieve, and search data across locations. And it stores all data unmodified so that it can be accessed and acted on in the cloud directly. This means in Azure, for example, Zenko stores data in Azure Blob Storage native format, and in AWS it’s stored in AWS S3 native format.
“It’s storage-agnostic data management,” MacDermid said.
Releasing an open source edition as well as a commercial enterprise edition reinforces Scality’s no vendor lock-in commitment, MacDermid added. “We think it’s the only offering on the market that has both versions and we have over 1,000 registered OpenSource users,” he said. “If I’m company A and I deploy Zenko, I not only benefit from the Scality developers but also this open source community that is developing on Zenko.”
Scality Funding News
The new product comes on the heels of Scality’s $60 million funding round announced in April. The company, founded in 2009, has raised $152 million to date.
It launched its flagship scale-out object and file storage software Ring in 2010. Customers include major companies in just about every vertical: Rackspace, Orange, KDDI, DMM.com, Telstra, Bloomberg Media, Dailymotion, Lancaster General Health (Penn Medicine), and Banque Natixis.
In an earlier interview, Paul Speciale, vice president of product management at Scality, said Bloomberg is the first Zenko beta customer, using all three public clouds to manage its video files. “They wanted to push to AWS, Azure, and GCP all at the same time,” he said, adding that the media company signed a “seven-figure deal with us, on top of the Ring deal from two years ago.”
In Talks With Cisco, HPE
At that time Speciale said the company was in talks with Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) about using Zenko in their multi-cloud tools. MacDermid said the talks are still ongoing, and the product’s 1.1 version will focus on additional integrations.