Scality chosen as data protector by EDF Energy


Scality chosen as data protector by EDF Energy

Scality, a pioneer of software-defined, multi-cloud data storage, has announced that Électricité de France SA (EDF), the largest global supplier of electricity and one of the world’s largest public companies, has installed Scality RING object storage as its back-end storage.

“Scality RING represents modernisation for EDF. It is our first foray into software-defined storage and it helped our small IT team win a top innovation award within the company, validating that a big, conventional organization, can innovate,” said Ruggero Gatti, data management engineer at EDF. “We won with Scality because it brought strong, resilient storage for multiple use cases at half the cost of competitive solutions. The most impressive thing about Scality RING is its stability. In the end, it’s the category’s best software.”

EDF analysed many alternatives when it was time to replace a legacy tape-based storage system, which was plagued by bouts of debilitating day-long downtime. Key decision factors included the need for bulletproof product stability, always-on availability, limitless scalability, and low TCO. The energy-producing giant quickly adopted Scality RING as the optimal solution, beating out EMC Isilon and IBM Spectrum Scale upon rigorous testing.

“Limitless scale-out file and object storage, strong data security and compliance, web-scale system management, and low TCO via flexible software-defined architecture are at the very heart of Scality RING,” said Erwan Menard, president and COO at Scality. “These are key to providing very large enterprises, like EDF, with the peace-of-mind that they can easily grow storage capacity without limit or interruption as they support multiple use cases across organisations.”

A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 37.1 million customers, of which 26.2 million in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €71 billion in 2016.


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