SOURCE: DataDirect Networks

April 11, 2011 09:00 ET

DataDirect Networks Introduces NAS Scaler™, the Most Efficient and Cost-Effective NAS Solution for Cloud, Content & Big Data Applications

NAS Scaler™ File Storage System Combines Cloud Infrastructure Scalability, High Density and Power Efficiency With Ease of Use and Enterprise Functionality

CHATSWORTH, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2011) - DataDirect Networks (DDN), the world's largest privately-held information storage company, today announced NAS Scaler, a highly scalable multi-protocol network attached storage (NAS) solution, designed for high-growth cloud service providers, unstructured data, and machine-generated data sets. NAS Scaler comes with enterprise features which make it easy to deploy and manage in data centers, and highly scalable capacity and performance attributes for the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry.

"This supernova of data creation we are living in is putting significant strains on IT managers and their budgets, making it a must to deploy better and more efficient storage solutions for cloud and content," says Alex Bouzari, DDN CEO and co-founder. "With DDN's NAS Scaler, organizations can finally manage this massive data growth with the most efficient storage density, performance and power consumption attributes in the industry without ever over-provisioning."

"The introduction of the NAS Scaler platform from DDN positions them to increase their addressable market and satisfy a growing number of enterprise workloads where users have hit the limits of trying to scale performance with capacity using conventional storage tools," says Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "With a track record of success in meeting some of the most demanding workload requirements in the unstructured data realm, this announcement represents a very natural extension of DDN's product offering as it continues to drive adoption of its highly scalable and highly efficient storage platforms into new areas."

The DDN NAS Scaler enterprise file storage platform provides multi-protocol, multi-tenant access to NFS, CIFS, HTTP and FTP clients into a scalable, petabyte-scale storage pool managed by up to 16 NAS Scaler file storage gateways. In addition to its scale-right efficiencies, NAS Scaler supports capabilities to automate storage management and data management while also accelerating routine file access processes, including:

  • Multi-Dimensional Performance: NAS Scaler can support over 15GB/s per storage volume and hundreds of thousands of file operations per second to power the dynamic workload requirements of public and private cloud applications.
  • Dynamic Storage Tiering: Leveraging access-aware storage intelligence and high-performance solid-state disk technology, NAS Scaler supports dynamic storage caching and data tiering to accelerate the access of in-demand content while optimizing high-capacity media use.
  • Enterprise Data Management: NAS Scaler provides a full complement of tools and capabilities -- such as snapshots, clones, mirroring, and asynchronous replication and integrated backup support -- to manage high-volume unstructured data and media content automatically.
  • Best-In-Class Data Center Efficiency: Configurable to up to 600 hard disk drives in a single data center rack, the NAS Scaler system reduces data center power, space and cooling requirements by up to 65% compared to conventional storage infrastructure.

System Availability & Showcase

DDN's NAS Scaler systems are available for order immediately and will be generally available and shipping to customers within the next three months. For more details, please visit

The NAS Scaler system can also be found on display at the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters conference (NAB) in Las Vegas the week of April 11 at Booth #SL2010 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. At the convention, DDN will be showcasing the integration of the NAS Scaler product with DDN's WOS object storage platform in a multi-tenant, geo-distributed cloud environment for media collaboration, distribution and archiving.

About DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world's largest privately held information storage company. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and services that enable content-rich and high growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations. Deployed in thousands of mission critical environments worldwide, DDN's solutions have been designed, engineered and proven in the world's most scalable datacenters to ensure competitive business advantage for today's information powered enterprise. For more information, go to or call +1-800-TERABYTE (837-2298).