DataDirect fine tunes WOS for service providers

DataDirect Networks says its new WOS 2.0 (Web Object Scaler) adds chargeback mechanisms and support for Amazon Web Services (s amzn) and CDMI interfaces that better suit it for use by service providers.

Service providers need to be able to run multiple applications on their infrastructure and a way to charge customers for these services on a periodic basis.

Privately held DataDirect made a name for itself taking on storage giant EMC (s EMC) and others with its high-end storage for clouds. WOS targets non-structured “object” storage. The first WOS implementation, announced two years ago, got some traction in web organizations using it for their own applications.

What WOS 2.0 brings to the party is a chargeback billing mechanism, multitenancy and interfaces for a variety of protocols that will enable it to work with legacy applications, said Jeff Denworth, VP of marketing for DataDirect.

DataDirect’s WOS competes in a new and growing class of cloud storage, with companies like CleverSafe and with EMC’s Atmos. But Wikibon analyst Dave Vallente said DDN offers some clear advantages including very high-performance read/write capabilities that suit security-sensitive big-data applications that draw in sensor-based data and need fast read-write performance.

“The idea of all these solutions is to simplify storage so it can store BLOBs [binary large objects] but until this news, these systems were designed for low-activity data, archived information that you didn’t have to access much. DataDirect is bringing in high-performance technology to support broader apps that need to be accessed, read, and written often.”

DDN claims WOS can handle 55 billion reads and 23 billion writes per day — a much higher rate than Amazon or EMC Atmos can claim, Vallente said.

“Applications like those that use a lot of video — things like military drones — drive huge amounts of storage that has to be written and read fast. WOS is well-positioned to handle both sides of that equation,” Vallente said.

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