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Promise Technology VSky pushes into PB- scale object storage

Promise Technology's VSky object storage can handle petabytes of data and is aimed at rich media and video surveillance.

Promise Technology has moved into object storage with its VSky A-Series scale-out unified storage system designed to handle petabytes of data.

The A-Series supports file, block and object storage. It has two models: The A1100 is a 1U gateway that connects to Promise Technology's VTrak rich media and Vess video surveillance storage, and the 4U VSky A1970 is a 70-bay system that supports either third-party storage or VTrak and Vess for a unified storage pool.

The A1970 has two controllers, each holding up to 35 hard disk drives and two solid-state drives. It can also be used with two expansion shelves per controller. Nine appliances can be linked, supporting up to 15.3 PB.

"This is a massively scalable storage solution that offers object, file and block," said Victor Pacheco, director of field applications and support at Promise Technology. "We never had a unified, all-in-one solution. Prior to these products, we did not have object storage."

Promise's VSky is aimed at users with rapidly growing archives of media or environments with content distributed among production facilities. VSky supports NFS/CIFS, iSCSI, Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift and RESTful APIs.

The appliances support data protection via RAID, replication and erasure coding. The systems are scheduled to ship in the second quarter. Some features, including compatibility with VTrak storage, will be available for the third quarter. Support for Vess is currently available.

Jagdish Rebello, senior director at IHS Technology, said Promise's scalability can raise the bar for larger vendors.

"Promise claims it can scale to the petabyte level," he said. "Promise is rolling out as a niche player. I'm interested in seeing what HP and Dell are doing in this space."

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