Paris, France - 2nd December 2010 - Seeweb, one of Italy's largest web hosting companies and first player in Cloud Computing services, is to deploy Scality's RING storage platform to provide a cloud storage service to its customers fully hosted in Italy, bringing a lower latency than most other similar services deployed in other countries. Seeweb expects to launch its new service for B2B customers next weeks, as well as to introduce a similar service to private individuals.
Seeweb has a high reputation in Italy, being innovative and most of all a high-quality hosting provider for businesses as well as individuals. As such, they needed to get in the Storage-as-a-Service market with a strong offering matching this reputation. After thoroughly testing the market for a solution, Seeweb decided to go with Scality's RING Platform, a turn-key cloud-storage enabling solution giving them a quick go to market option without sacrificing on reliability and performance, key aspects for Seeweb when designing a new service.
Seeweb Chief Executive Officer Antonio Baldassarra said: "For customers, Scality's RING platform will mean their data is stored geographically close, also guaranteeing lower latency. And, because there's no single point of failure, we can also assure them of the highest levels of reliability. These factors alone eliminate two of the most common concerns about cloud storage, from business customers in particular. We look forward to attracting many new customers as a result of this step forward.
"What it means for us, internally," he added, "is that we're acquiring unlimited scalability, losing the headache of volume management, and avoiding hardware vendor lock-in - all at costs vastly below the level of other approaches we explored."
"Scality RING Technology is the only reliable object-based storage solution we found that can enable us to provide innovative cloud services to the market, with an extremely easy management of the storage environment", added Seeweb's CTO Fabio Fedele.
"After becoming a market leader for cloud storage in Germany, Scality now enjoys considerable business success in Italy. Our technology is being deployed by two of Italy's top five hosting companies to develop their high-performance cloud storage services", commented Serge Dugas, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Scality.
Scality technology brings a new approach while solving storage needs and cuts costs up to 50 per cent when compared to solutions from other SAN- or NAS-based vendors offering the same level of performance and reliability, moreover, it enables companies to efficiently scale their architectures using any kind of hardware.
Founded in 1998, Seeweb is Italy's third-largest hosting company, the first in Cloud Computing offer via its Cloud Server and Cloud Hosting plans. It operates two datacenters, in Milan and Frosinone, providing internet, virtual and shared hosting services to banks, public institutions and even the Press Agency of the Vatican. For more information, visit http://www.seeweb.it.
The Scality RING platform creates a series of nodes that are built using off-the-shelf servers. Each node on the RING controls its own segment of the overall storage pool. By monitoring other segments and constantly replicating - as well as load-balancing - the data, the storage becomes self-healing in the event of a drive or segment of the pool failing for whatever reason.
Scality technology is used by service providers to deploy Storage-as-a-Service offerings, by email providers to store emails for millions of users, and by web service providers managing billions of files with very high performance expectations, either for Web 2.0 or business applications.
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