Scality Brings Multi-Cloud Capability To Object Storage On Azure Blob

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Object and cloud storage technology developer Scality has worked with Microsoft to develop a new product for making Amazon Web Services S3-compatible storage work with the Azure Blob massively scalable object storage for unstructured data.

The resulting product, named Scality Connect for Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, allows any application designed for Amazon S3 storage to work with Azure Blob storage without change, said Wally MacDermid, vice president of cloud business development for the San Francisco-based company.

All vendors have their own APIs, but S3 has been around so long it has become a virtual standard, MacDermid told CRN.

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"It's a challenge for other vendors and channel partners because supporting so many APIs is difficult," he said. "We're offering a translation layer so that anyone with S3 storage can move it to Azure Blob."

This is an important capability since so many S3 users also have signed Microsoft enterprise license agreements and already have a lot of Microsoft licenses they want to use, MacDermid said. Customers also want multi-cloud flexibility and choice.

A lot of people think 'multi-cloud' and 'hybrid cloud' are the same," he said. "But that's not the case. Customers don't want to get locked into AWS or Microsoft or any one cloud. They want true multi-cloud environments."

The Scality Connect for Microsoft Azure Blob Storage is a container that runs in a virtual machine in a customer's Azure Compute account, MacDermid said. It is managed by Scality, but only the customer can access the data. It allows applications with the S3 API read and write data to Azure Blob, he said.

For instance, it allows a data protection application to back up data to and restore data from Azure, he said.

"The key is, the data runs through our software," he said. "But Scality never sees the data. The data doesn't leave the customer's domain, or never leaves the customer's instance of Azure."

The Scality Connect for Microsoft Azure Blob Storage is acquired and deployed via the Azure marketplace and is quickly available for use, MacDermid said.

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