Scality Artesca object storage for and with Kubernetes
With Artesca, Scality brings an object storage software for Kubernetes environments to the market, with which you can enter small and scale large. For the first six months, the software located below Ring will be available exclusively on HPE’s servers.
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Scality Artesca is a Cloud-Native Object Storage solution based on Kubernetes. It can be scaled from a single server to large installations in the data center.
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Scality’s scale-out file and object storage software Ring doesn’t even begin on three servers. Artesca, the latest storage software from the manufacturer, is already satisfied with a single server and is therefore described by Scality as “lightweight”. Further arguments for this classification are, according to the manufacturer, the simple installation, the uncomplicated management as well as the restriction to object storage. However, Artesca is designed for maximum scalability and Enterprise-typical functions, Christoph Storzum, since February, the Regional Director for the DACH Region at Scality. The name Artesca stands for”Art of Scalability”. In terms of enterprise functions, Storzum calls a new dual-layer erasure coding with minimal overhead and local self-healing capabilities, as well as data rates of up to 10 GB/s with minimal latency, provided an all-flash system forms the basis.
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From Edge to hybrid multi-cloud
The deployment scenarios for Artesca range from edge locations to the data center to the multi-cloud. The solution is mainly intended as primary storage for cloud-native applications that are S3-capable and usually rely on Kubernetes. Examples include IoT applications such as sensor data analysis, backup with Veeam or Kasten, big data analytics, AI and machine learning, or core cloud services and media streaming. For many of these applications, HDDs are no longer sufficient. Storzum considers QLC Flash to be the appropriate storage medium. “Up to 50 TB of usage of Artesca is even free of charge,” adds the Regional Director. With a unified GUI, admins can manage and use local object storage not only provided via Artesca, but also S3 storage in the multi-cloud. Here, Scality uses the Zenko technology already used in Ring. Later, an interface for tape management will be added. S3 data from ring or existing S3 buckets can be imported into Artesca namespaces. The S3 metadata search can be done via the GUI, but is also available via an API to other applications. Artesca also provides performance and capacity data to other frameworks and apps via a RESTful API. With the adoption of the COSI API (Container Object Storage Interface) by the Kubernetes SIG-Storage Group, the provisioning of object storage with Kubernetes is to be automated in the future. For the management of Artesca, the DevOps developers and the application supervisors in specialized departments do not need any deep storage or Linux knowledge, according to the manufacturer.
Artesca itself is cloud-native divided into containers and supports installation in Kubernetes environments as well as bare metal servers. For this she brings her own kubernetes in the form of Scality’s metal K8s distribution. Scality cites HPEs Ezmeral, VMware Tanzu and Red Hat OpenShift as future supported Kubernetes solutions. In addition, Scality works closely with a number of manufacturers who want to use Arteca as a basis for their applications. Storzum called here, for example, Veeam, with box.io, Vertica, Weka.io, broad peak and Ctera.
Initially only available through HPE
For the next six months, Artesca will be available exclusively through HPE and its channel on select HPE systems or as a cloud service through HPE Greenlake. The background to the initial exclusive agreement is that HPE is not only one of Scality’s funders, but was also directly involved in the launch. The six HPE systems initially offered for Artesca include Apollo and Proliant servers with all-flash and hybrid storage. Unlike Ring, Artesca is offered as part of a subscription model, including 24/7 enterprise support. The starting price is $ 3,800 per year, the term is one, three or five years. According to Christoph Storzum Artesca is about 20 percent cheaper than the Ring, which can also be a subscription model is planned.