I think Scality is proving to be a very clever company and the server is a good mix of tech, marketing and brand awareness that could bring about some interesting results.
About Small and Micro object stores
I wrote about the necessity of small object stores not long ago.
Without thinking about the most obvious use cases like PoCs, tests and lab deployments , developers can now embed the object storage system directly in their applications or it can be installed directly with the other components of the application stack, regardless of the infrastructure public or private and without any risk of compatibility issues.
Even more so - albeit it's a totally different use case - this solution could be suitable for service providers that can propose personal S3-compatible servers without needing to implement a global object storage system.
The number of use cases is limited only by our imagination and it is clear that these small S3-based servers will also be very interesting when included in other products.
I don't want to seem too excited but it is true that IT infrastructure paradigms are evolving very quickly, and that object storage is a good answer when it comes to new provisioning and consumption models for unstructured data in modern infrastructures.