June 24, 2016

Noobaa super simple scalable S3 storage for masses

NooBaa (www.noobaa.com), a new storage Israeli ISV, continues its incremental visibility effort on the market. I had the privilege to meet Yuval Dimnik, CEO and co-founder, and Mike Davis, CMO, a few days ago in Palo Alto for a briefing. The first feeling I had was great as they plan to introduce a real new storage animal to the market.
Let me summarize what I learned without telling any secret as the web site already exists. First, NooBaa has a strong DNA in storage and networking with many leaders having worked for Exanet, NooBaa's CEO and Guy Margalit, CTO, have worked there. The company, today with approximately 15 people and a HQ in Boston and R&D center in Rehovot in Israel, was founded in 2013 and is backed by JVP and Ourcrowd for an unknown amount, OurCrowd has ingested $934,504. The product they design and develop belongs to the object storage category with key differentiators, it is a full SDS philosophy dedicated to unstructured data.

NooBaa product is a pure software approach, offering only S3 interface running on any compute resource available anywhere supporting heterogeneous network-driven and shared storage entities. The product offers also deduplication with a sliding window technique, compression, encryption and replication to protect data with by default 3 copies. Erasure coding is on the roadmap. NooBaa uses a asymmetric model with side metadata servers and data servers acting as chunk servers. Metadata servers use MongoDB. The demo the team has made was super efficient having demonstrated how it is easy and fast to deploy, run and operate. Just 15 minutes and we played with the system, ingest some data, stream a video. The pricing has 2 modes: Freemium and then a pay-per-user subscription based on real used capacity (real capacity for one data copy). The product is in Beta mode and should be GA early 2017. Great first feeling with the team and a super promising product, lots of potential and real interesting ideas.

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