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Scality Zenko – Product Brief

Published May 19th, 2020. A concise 6-page overview of the Scality Zenko product. Includes usage and deployment, EvaluScale table and more. Download the full Product Brief now!

San Francisco, California-based Scality was founded in 2009. It released its first and core product, an object storage platform called RING, in 2013. This Evaluator Group Product Brief covers Scality’s Zenko data controller; we cover RING in more detail in a separate Product Brief and Product Analysis.

Scality Zenko was first launched in 2017. It is made up of a stack of microservices that facilitate data management, governance and search/visualization across multi-cloud environments, both on-premises and in the public cloud.

The core microservice of Zenko is CloudServer, an open-source implementation of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) application programming interface (API) in the form of an object storage server. Zenko CloudServer translates S3 API calls into actions across various on-premises storage infrastructures and public cloud services. It allows data to be stored natively, and then accessed and acted on directly from wherever it is stored. Effectively, Zenko CloudServer becomes the centralized vehicle allowing data to be retrieved, manipulated, migrated/tiered and searched across multiple clouds. Supported targets are: S3 object stores including Amazon S3, Scality RING, Wasabi, and Ceph RADOS Gateway; Scality RING Scale-Out File System (SOFS); and other Network File System (NFS) systems.

Zenko CloudServer is deployed as a single instance in a Kubernetes-managed Docker container and uses Docker volumes for persistent storage. It can be deployed anywhere a Kubernetes cluster can be deployed, including on-premises, in the public cloud, and on bare metal or virtualized infrastructure. Although not a requirement to be used, Scality developed its own Kubernetes distribution, MetalK8s, using the Red Hat Ansible-based Kubespray playbook to simplify deployment of Zenko CloudServer on bare-metal on-premises infrastructure. MetalK8s also allows Zenko to be run more consistently across heterogeneous environments.

Scality Zenko Product Brief Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage and Deployment
  • EvaluScale Table
  • Evaluator Group Opinion

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