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DDN S3 Gateway WOS Object Storage for Private or Hybrid Clouds

Adds support for Amazon S3 API.

DataDirect Networks, Inc. (DDN) announced expansion to its accessibility program for WOS object storage with the introduction of WOS Access for Amazon S3 (WOS S3), which adds support for the industry standard Amazon S3 API.


With this release, DDN offers a range of supported interfaces to an object storage platform, enabling users from enterprise to academia and research to government, private and public cloud connectivity choices for their existing datacenters. The inherent flexibility of the object storage technology that web-scale users have trusted for years also makes WOS an solution for DDN WOS partner program members to build solutions with. Businesses can implement a private or hybrid cloud strategy to manage massive data sets cost efficiently and securely, while connecting to third-party software applications and technology partners that use the S3 API.


  • To help data centric organizations easily, confidently and cost effectively build out private or hybrid cloud infrastructures, DDN is announcing the availability of WOS S3, an Amazon S3 compatible interface for WOS object storage platform.

  • With the introduction of the S3 interface, WOS becomes an object storage platform with support for industry standard and DDN cloud protocols including Amazon S3 for private or hybrid deployments, direct connectivity in a single name space from a GPFS environment for data intensive users, native-REST for custom deployments in web-scale solutions, and NFS/CIFS for legacy IT and datacenter applications.

  • With WOS S3, customers can implement a range of software and hardware solutions to improve overall ROI and business agility by leveraging WOS object storage to roll out services and capabilities. With a standards-based interface, customers now have plug-and-play support for the growing number of third-party ISV applications and technology partners that use the S3 API.

  • Trusted by major web and service providers and research organizations, DDN’s offers the performance, scalability, search and global content distribution capabilities not available with legacy block or file storage systems. WOS S3 scales non-disruptively to over 5,000 concurrent sessions and more than five billion stored objects in a single, highly efficient namespace, providing lower storage management and TCO at scale when compared to competing object storage solutions.

  • WOS S3 helps organizations with large archives, media repositories and web data stores to implement a private or hybrid cloud, or transition to or from the Amazon S3 cloud, without the overhead associated with modifying existing cloud applications.

  • WOS S3 is fault tolerant and supports non-disruptive expansion and can survive multiple failures without interruption of availability, data loss or namespace corruption. With the industry’s broadest set of object storage protection schemes, ranging from smart replication to DDN’s ObjectAssure erasure coding offerings, WOS S3 enables performance and durability optimization that complies with all storage requirements.

WOS Connect Partner Program Accelerates Ecosystem Build Out,
Providing Users with Increased ROI

  • In conjunction with the introduction of WOS S3, DDN is accelerating its WOS partner ecosystem build out by connecting application and solution partners to deliver more value and ROI to customers.

  • The WOS partner network enables end users and partners to integrate with WOS. By providing the tools needed for application developers and IT organizations to test and verify applications with the connectivity options of WOS including S3, NFS/CIFS, GPFS and WOS REST native interfaces, DDN’s partner ecosystem gives organizations more software choices and increased solution capabilities when implementing private or hybrid cloud storage solutions. These include a diverse and set of use cases such as file sync and share, content delivery, global collaboration, storage tiering and active archiving.

  • The WOS Partner network further enables DDN partners to deliver integrated technology solutions supported by joint sales and marketing programs. In addition, the WOS Partner onboarding program helps educate and enable partners with valuable go-to-market training and tools.

Designed and priced to meet a variety of service provider, private and public cloud models, WOS S3 is available with purchase options that include a plug-and-play appliance, OCP-compliant option or as software-only for large customers with a preferred white box platform.

Molly Rector, CMO, DDN, said: “Keeping pace with the demands that unstructured data growth places on today’s storage infrastructures in the face of diminishing budgets has become a massive challenge for IT organizations everywhere, prompting keen interest in and rapid adoption of object storage platforms. Support for the Amazon S3 interface builds on our commitment to delivering innovative technology to help our customers solve their rapidly changing storage needs. With support for the broadest set of industry standard and cloud APIs today, DDN WOS S3 is designed for private and hybrid cloud infrastructures, providing customers with the flexibility to run their applications on premises or in the cloud.

Global DDN WOS Customers and Partners applaud the introduction
of WOS Access for S3 including:

Masaharu Munetomo, Ph.D., professor and vice director of information initiative center, research division, digital concepts, Hokkaido University, said: “DDN was the only company that could support multiple cloud services in a single system–which is critical for ensuring efficient workflows and increased content collaboration across thousands of researchers and students.

Armel Bile, Digital Archive product manager, ASG Software Solutions, said: “The new S3 interface that DDN’s WOS now offers is a great addition for our large volume customers. They often integrate ASG-Digital Archive in a very heterogeneous infrastructure, and the S3 interface provides an easy way for all of the software and storage components to work together.

John Matze, CEO, Bridgestor, LLC, said: “As a new member of the DDN partner network, we are excited about the introduction of the S3 interface to the WOS environment. Our feature-rich Coronado Hybrid cloud NAS combined with our dynamic global file system and the scalability and content distribution capabilities of the DDN WOS object storage, creates true cloud Storage Freedom with transparent file access from anywhere in the world.

Jeff Denworth, senior VP marketing, Ctera Networks Ltd, said: “Ctera’s cloud storage services platform leverages DDN’s WOS object storage to deliver cost-effective and secure private, public and hybrid cloud solutions to enterprise customers and service providers looking to modernize the way organizations store, sync and protect data. The introduction of the WOS S3 interface is an ideal solution for Ctera customers looking to broadly promote object storage adoption within their enterprise and define a standards-based strategy for their application agenda. We are excited to join the WOS Partner Network and look forward to delivering expanded cloud solutions in partnership with DDN.

Dan Bedard, market development manager, iRODS, said: “iRODS and DDN have a long-standing collaboration, which has resulted in iRODS’ early support for the native API to the WOS object storage platform. By making WOS compatible with the S3 standard, DDN will accelerate adoption of cloud-based storage and associated applications, which is why we enthusiastically announce that the iRODS data management software supports WOS S3.

Riccardo Finotti, CEO, QStar Technologies, Inc., said: “QStar Technologies is very pleased to join DDN’s WOS partner network and announce support for the WOS S3 API with our Archive Manager and Archive Replicator products. QStar allows users to store petabytes of data to WOS S3 through a CIFS / NFS NAS archive gateway installed on a real or virtual Windows or Linux server. For established environment with many applications that rely on CIFS / NFS or where significant amounts of data are already stored on network storage, the addition of a NAS archive based workflow adds significant integration advantages. For certain archive workflows, a hybrid archive solutions can be an advantage. QStar provides Archive Replicator to synchronously write archived data to DDN WOS and tape, or DDN WOS and commercial cloud, or any number of combinations of supported technology.