OpenIO has been founded in 2015 by Laurent Denel (CEO) and six co-founders, to offer an integrated object storage and serverless computing solution for building hyper scalable IT infrastructures for a wide range of applications. OpenIO leverages open source software, developed since 2006, which is based on a grid technology that enables dynamic behaviors and supports heterogenous hardware. In October, 2017, OpenIO completed a $5 million funding round to expand the company's reach in new territories.
OpenIO SDS (Software-Defined Storage) is the company core product. It is a flexible scale-out object storage software platform, designed for ease of use and cost-efficiency at any scale. OpenIO SDS stores objects in a flat structure within a massively distributed directory, this allows the data query path not to be dependent on the number of nodes and the performance not to be affected by the growth of the capacity. Servers are organized as a grid of nodes massively distributed, where each node takes part in directory and storage services, which ensures that there is no single point of failure and that new nodes are automatically discovered and immediately available without the need to rebalance data. The software is built on top of "Conscience", a technology that ensures optimal data placement based on real-time metrics and allows the addition or removal of storage devices with automatic performance and load impact optimization. For data protection OpenIO SDS has synchronous and asynchronous replication with multiple copies, and an erasure coding implementation based on Reed-Solomon that can be deployed in one data center or geo-distributed or stretched clusters.
Grid for Apps is an event-driven compute framework that enables to run applications directly into OpenIO SDS, without additional virtualization software like hypervisors, orchestrators or any other management layer. Grid for Apps offloads many tasks to the storage infrastructure increasing the overall system efficiency (taking advantage of unused resources rather than moving data to compute hosts) while reducing complexity and maintaince. Thanks to the integration with the "Conscience" technology each new operation is assigned to the most available node in the cluster, selected from group of nodes that are allowed to run the application. Grid for Apps use cases include metadata enrichment, in-place indexing & search, data analytics, data filtering, transcoding, real-time monitoring, as well as pattern recognition and support for machine learning.
OpenIO software has native object APIs and SDKs for C, Python, Java and Go, it integrates a HTTP REST/API and has strong compatibility with the Amazon S3 API and the OpenStack Swift API.<ref name=":0" /> The company also offers a proprietary File Services solution to connect to storage entities with NFS, SMB, FTP, or through local mountpoints with Fuse; Video Tools to sustain content services around adaptive streaming and event-based transcoding; Email Connectors to support the email, contact, and calendar services of Open-Xchange, Dovecot, Cyrus and Zimbra.