Cleversafe and Scality...shift happens
Cleversafe fills an obvious hole in IBM's storage portfolio. It had no OBS software, and GPFS is not an object store. IBM was also not getting anywhere fast with Swift. Cleversafe has 300+ patents on aspects of OBS. The CIA is suspected of being a Cleversafe customer. IBM has long experience in being a loyal provider of IT services and systems to the US federal government, so the CIA can REST easy.
Scality has OEM deals with Dell and HP. If Dell acquires EMC it will inherit the obsolete Centera OBS product, which is being phased out, and the aging Atmos OBS product. Scality may get pushed aside at Dell in all the churn. It is unclear how well Scality is doing with its HP deal one year later. Scality had to make the installation of RING 5 much easier in order to avoid having to do professional service engagements to install RING for HP's channel partners.
Mr. Lecat gets a few things wrong in his comments about Cloudian. Cloudian's native API is S3...no translations are needed from S3 to some other API, which makes Cloudian fast and efficient The benefit of Cloudian using S3 as its native API means that any AWS S3 solution will work with Cloudian. So S3 your data center with Cloudian and enjoy private to public hybrid storage that supports tiering to AWS S3 or Glacier. Don't think Scality can do that.
Cloudian does not lock customers into using its branded Supermicro servers and QCT JBOD storage. Cloudian offers HyperStore Software for installation on storage servers from Dell, Lenovo, QCT and Supermicro. Cloudian also offers HyperStore Appliances with software pre-installed for quick setup and rapid deployment...something that Scality RING has never been known for.
As for Cloudian not being good at supporting legacy NFS and CIFS access methods to its OBS, expect to see an announcement regarding this real soon now.
Mr. Lecat is obviously hoping that Scality can keep its "top dog" billing in the OBS market until it can make its IPO in 2017. A lot can happen between now and then...shift happens.