January 28, 2015 11:55 AM ET

Technology Hardware, Storage and Peripherals

Company Overview of DataDirect Networks, Inc.

Company Overview

DataDirect Networks, Inc. offers scalable storage infrastructure for big data and cloud applications. It offers Storage Fusion Architecture, a block storage array that delivers IOPS and massive throughput; Scaler Appliances for data protection and budgetary requirements; and Web Object Scaler for massive scalability requirements of big data and to provide secure cloud collaboration, file sharing, and content distribution to users. The company also provides DirectMon, a configuration and monitoring solution; and storage enclosures. In addition, it offers planning and consulting, implementation, health check, infrastructure assessment, performance tuning, and customized professional services. ...

2929 Patrick Henry Drive

Santa Clara, CA 95054

United States

Founded in 1988



Key Executives for DataDirect Networks, Inc.

Chief Financial Officer
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Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

DataDirect Networks, Inc. Key Developments

DataDirect Networks, Inc. Launches New S3 Gateway to WOS Object Storage for Private or Hybrid Clouds

DataDirect Networks, Inc. announced significant expansion to its accessibility program for WOS object storage with the introduction WOS S3, which adds support for the industry standard Amazon S3 API. With this latest release, DDN offers the broadest range of supported interfaces to an object storage platform in the industry, enabling users from Enterprise to Academia and Research to Government, Private and Public Cloud the optimal 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 attractive 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 seamlessly 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 DDN’s WOS object storage platform. With the introduction of the S3 interface, DDN WOS becomes the industry’s only object storage platform with support for industry standard and DDN unique cloud protocols including Amazon S3 for private or hybrid deployments, direct connectivity in a single name space from a GPFSTM environment for high-performance computing and 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 seamlessly implement a broader range of software and hardware solutions to improve overall ROI and business agility by leveraging WOS object storage to roll out new services and capabilities. With a standards-based interface, customers now have plug-and-play support for the rapidly 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 around the world, DDN’s WOS object storage platform 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 significantly lower data 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 easily 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 highly available and 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 ObjectAssureTM erasure coding offerings, WOS S3 enables performance and durability optimization that complies with all storage requirements. In conjunction with the introduction of WOS S3, DDN is also 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 growing 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 wide variety of service provider, private and public cloud models, WOS S3 is now generally 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.

DataDirect Networks Announces Federated Tiering Capability for Both DDN Lustre and GPFS Environments

DataDirect Networks builds on the company's strength in managing parallel file system data for some of the large deployments with the availability of the WOS-Bridge platform now for both DDN Lustre(R) and GPFSTM environments. WOS-Bridge deployed in conjunction with DDN's parallel file system appliances, EXAScalerTM and GRIDScalerTM, enables users for the first time to seamlessly manage, distribute and retain all of their data across local and multiple data centers and the cloud within a single namespace. DDN's unique new capability offers organizations a single view and access to both DDN Lustre and GPFS data, while delivering cloud benefits, including lower overall infrastructure cost, reduced management complexity, increased service levels and the ability to scale file systems to hundreds of PBs of capacity. Unlike competitive solutions that are unable to integrate high performance clusters with remote data centers or the Cloud, WOS-Bridge addresses these concerns by unifying the cluster, collaboration sites and the Cloud in a fully federated storage solution. By expanding the capability to both DDN Lustre and GPFS environments, WOS-Bridge provides a simple, automated platform for leveraging the cost, collaboration and archive benefits of the Cloud without sacrificing the productivity of high-performance local storage. Built to enable seamless integration between DDN's highly scalable parallel file system appliances, GRIDScaler and EXAScaler, and DDN's full spectrum object storage solution, WOS(R), WOS-Bridge consolidates array views of local and remote data to allow users to: Tier workloads to appropriate resources, such as migrating less time sensitive data to lower cost live archive or Cloud storage; Replicate critical data between high performance storage platforms and the cloud for advanced data protection and disaster recovery; Access, distribute and share content across remote and geographically distributed sites for simplified collaboration without any tradeoffs in performance -- all in a single solution with no extra third-party data migration software. With a single view of all local and cloud data, as well as automated data movement, WOS-Bridge removes the limitations created by storage silos, file counts or storage tier. The resulting high performance object storage pool can scale uniformly to trillions of objects, dramatically shrink administrative overhead, and slash TCO, all while meeting extreme capacity and I/O performance requirements.

DataDirect Networks, Inc. Announces Highest-Density Storage Solution with Capacity Exceeding 5 Petabytes in Single Rack

DataDirect Networks delivers another industry first with the availability of the densest storage solution with capacity of more than 5 PBs in a single rack. As the exponential growth of Big Data continues to put significant strain on IT infrastructures and budgets, organizations are looking for a long-term solution to successfully ingesting, storing, processing and distributing data. While performance remains a key storage requirement, increasingly HPC, financial services and large enterprise customers are also looking for solutions that help reduce data center sprawl, power consumption, administrative overhead and overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Tuned for these critical needs of these markets, the DDN(TM) ultrahigh density SS8460 disk drive enclosures, in conjunction with the SFA(TM)12K and SFA7700 storage platforms, now can handle up to 84 drives with 6 TB drives in just 4U rack space. By nearly doubling the amount of storage in a single rack than was previously available, DDN offers up to 40% more density as compared to even the higher density storage array offerings available in the market today, thereby slashing Operational Expense by half and delivering unprecedented levels of performance and scalability for organizations looking to solve their Big Data challenges. Getting beyond the accounting conventions of OPEX and CAPEX, storage provisioning for Big Data requires organizations rethink their approach to acquiring storage capacity, and balance capital outlay with a vendor's ability to provide innovation and long-term value add. DDN has incorporated multiple innovative features in its Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) family of products and enclosures to make the company's storage solutions the world's densest. These features, combined with the ability to freely intermix SSD with SATA and SAS hard disk drives, even within a single enclosure, allow administrators to align Big Data to the appropriate tier and ensure higher media utilization, improved reliability and outstanding performance at the lowest TCO.

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