Versity Announces Next Generation Open Source Archiving Filesystem

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​Versity Software, the leader in large-scale data-archiving software, today announced that it has open sourced ScoutFS, a new scale out archiving filesystem.

The ScoutFS project was started in 2016 to address the rapidly growing demand for larger POSIX namespaces and faster metadata processing.  The design goal for ScoutFS includes the ability to store up to one trillion files in a single namespace by efficiently distributing metadata handling across a scale out cluster of commodity compute nodes.  

ScoutFS is a POSIX compliant clustered filesystem implemented in the Linux kernel and has been released under the GPLv2 open source license.

ScoutFS is the first GPL archiving file system ever released, creating an inherently safer and more user-friendly option for storing archival data where accessibility over very large time scales and the removal of vendor-specific risk is a key consideration.  

“The archival storage, data recovery and data protection field takes an important step forward today with the release of the ScoutFS file system. The ability to store and manage exabyte scale data collections at a low cost is essential for the advancement of science and industry. We are pleased to contribute ScoutFS to the open source community,” said Bruce Gilpin, CEO of Versity.

“With the amount of metadata growing exponentially, a filesystem that can scale to ultra-large file counts and index metadata is very important to the open source storage ecosystem,” said Zach Brown, the lead filesystems engineer at Versity. “The ScoutFS architecture keeps things simple while maintaining POSIX compliance, handles small files well and maximizes performance for bandwidth - all features that are needed with challenging exascale workloads.”

Zach will be attending the 2018 Linux Plumbers Conference in Vancouver Nov. 13-15. For meeting requests, contact us at

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About Versity

Versity is the only independent provider of advanced, scalable, high throughput software defined archiving storage technology products. Organizations leverage the Versity Storage Manager to implement data preservation strategies for long-term storage and retrieval of massive data stores both on-premise and in the cloud. Versity serves customers in North America, Europe, India and the Middle East, including leading public and private entities in financial services, education, research, aerospace, energy, entertainment, web services and publishing. For more information, go to

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About Versity Software, Inc.

About Versity:
Versity is a leading technology company focused on delivering innovative storage and data management solutions. With a commitment to performance, scalability, and open-source collaboration, Versity empowers organizations to efficiently manage their data in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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