NetApp StorageGRID WebScale is an object storage solution available as software only or on appliances. StorageGRID supports up to 70 PB of storage and 100 billion objects in a single namespace. Larger capacity usage is supported but requires approval. StorageGRID also supports migration of objects to tape and supports 200 PB of data on tape. NetApp E-Series storage is the base for the SG5600 appliances.
The origin of NetApp StorageGRID comes from the acquisition of Bycast, which had been a provider of federated systems with successes in the healthcare records storage and management area. NetApp has created a scaling object storage solution that uses the metadata features for data management with the ability to scale across geographies or in a single data center environment.
Access to StorageGRID WebScale is through S3 and Swift APIs for objects and with the use of the NetApp NAS Bridge, NFS and CIFS/SMB can be sued to store files as objects. Exploiting operations of the S3 protocol add to the capabilities of using StorageGRID as a content repository. Advanced features include the ability to make replicated copies at 16 locations and geographic dispersion to multiple locations. Tiering to Amazon S3 storage from StorageGRID WebScale enables a two-tier functionality.
Key competitors include IBM Cloud Object Storage, Scality Ring, Cloudian HyperStore, DDN WOS, Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, and HGST ActiveScale.
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