Following Record 2014, Scality Opens Japan Subsidiary and Announces Hiromasa Ebi as the VP and General Manager

Software-Defined Storage Leader Grows 500% YOY and Accelerates Investment in Japan Market with HP Alliance


Tokyo, Japan – March 5, 2015 – Scality, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) at petabyte-scale, today announced the opening of a new Japanese subsidiary, Scality KK. Scality KK will sell and deliver the Scality RING storage solution in Japan.

Recently named the Vice President and General Manager of Scality KK, Hiromasa Ebi joins Scality from Sandisk, and is based in Tokyo. Ebi has an impressive track record of bringing innovative storage solutions to Japan, and building Japan-based businesses. He drove NetApp’s growth in Japan in the early 2000’s, and then as an executive and country manager, led the rapid growth of Isilon and Fusion-IO, which were then acquired by EMC and Sandisk respectively. “I am very excited to build the Scality business and help Japanese customers realize the incredible value and differentiation of software-defined storage. In my 20 plus years of IT experience, I have never seen such a disruptive opportunity for businesses,” said Ebi.

With the establishment of its Japan entity, Scality will strengthen partnerships with Open Wave Systems, Zimbra Japan, and TwoFive, as well as start joint sales activities with Scality’s global partners such as HP and Seagate. Scality has also announced that it has closed a strategic distribution partnership with BroadBand Tower, Inc. as the first Cloud Solutions Partner in Japan. Scality will open its Japanese support desk, which plans to be 24 hours a day during business days by the end of the year, to provide substantial support as well as building a structured entity with sales, system engineering and marketing departments.

“Scality already derives 15% of our business from Japan, and experienced more than 500% YOY growth in 2014. Japan is filled with businesses that are ready for a storage revolution,” said Erwan Menard, COO of Scality. “Manufacturing, Web, Cloud, Technology, Banking, Service Providers, and other industries are trying to get more value out of their increasingly expanding data. With the Scality RING, they will have the scalability and economics they need to store, manage, and serve their petabytes of data forever, with the performance and agility to support 80% of their existing and new applications. In addition, our partnerships with leading hardware providers like HP will enable one stop shopping for enterprise customers.”

Scality’s accelerated Japan investment comes after a record 2014 when two of the largest Japanese telecommunications companies became Scality customers.

“HP Japan is very pleased with the establishment of Scality Japan.  The explosive growth of unstructured data is forcing enterprises to look at object storage solutions that are scalable, secure and easy to manage. HP ProLiant Gen9 servers with Scality object storage allows IT organizations to reach petabyte scale with security and simplicity at the right economics every time,” said Kazunori Tachibana, Director, Category Management and Converged System, HP Servers, Hewlett-Packard Japan, Ltd.

“Nippon Seagate Inc. is pleased to collaborate with Scality Japan on joint launch activities surrounding the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform and its implementation of Scality Scale Out software,” said Futoshi Niizuma, Executive Director and Representative Director, Nippon Seagate Inc. “Seagate Kinetic technology empowers Scality to enhance the value of enterprise replication with peer-to-peer architecture for limitless replication, geo distribution and synchronized operations. This joint solution will address the large storage deployment challenges of cloud service providers and private enterprise.”

“Congratulations on the establishment of Scality Japan. BroadBand Tower has provided datacenter services, Internet exchange services, cloud services and storage solutions since our establishment in 2000. We believe new markets will emerge using Scality’s distributed storage solutions such as data backup/archive and cloud storage services as content and the IoT market grows. We believe that Scality’s technologies will contribute to the Japanese industry by serving as complimentary solutions to datacenters, cloud services and storage solutions,” said Mr. Hiroshi Fujiwara, Chairman, President and CEO of BroadBand Tower, Inc.

“OpenWave has strong partnership with Scality. By combining our messaging platform with Scality’s SDS, it produces high ROI. OpenWave welcomes Scality on its Japan entity establishment. This will provide more quality to the Japanese customers as well as being a big step for Japan’s information technology growth” said Mr. Yosuke Morioka, General Manager of Open Wave Systems K.K.

“Zimbra welcomes Scality for establishing its Japan entity. Scality is our strong partner by combining our ZCS messaging collaboration platform and Scality RING to provide availability and value to our customers. We are focused to provide the Japanese customers with more support and services,” said Mr. Nobuya Matsuoka, President of Zimbra Japan K.K.

“Congratulations on the establishment of Scality Japan. TwoFive is in cooperation with Scality by combining Dovecot and Scality’s distributed storage technologies for zero downtime stateless systems. I believe this distributed storage environment will increase in the future especially in large-scale email systems. TwoFive will continuously contribute in the distributed storage market in cooperation with Scality,” said Mr. Nobuhiro Suemasa, President of TwoFive K.K.

About Scality
Scality is the industry leader in petabyte-scale, software-defined storage. Founded in 2009, Scality’s software-based RING storage delivers billions of files to 200 million users daily with 100% uptime. TheRING makes standard x86 servers scale to hundreds of petabytes and billions of objects. The RING’s end-to-end parallel architecture provides unsurpassed performance, while its patented object storage core increases availability, durability and dramatically reduces operational costs. The RING integrates with applications through standard storage protocols such as NFS; S3; OpenStack Swift and Cinder. Customers include the world’s largest enterprises, particularly in media, telecommunications, and cloud.

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