The Business Case for Object Storage

Tuned to the demands of unstructured data, object storage is efficient, economical, and vastly scalable.

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What it Does

Object storage is a data storage architecture that abstracts data used as objects–instead of files or blocks–which makes it easier to manage large amounts of unstructured data.

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Benefits

  • Durable: Resilient architecture can withstand multiple disk failures
  • Availability: Due to RESTful APIs, data is accessible from anywhere
  • Scalable: To petabyte level
  • Affordable: Uses commodity hardware
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Urgency

High: Object storage should be part of every modern data storage strategy, especially when data growth is a concern and the IT organization wants to keep costs down. It also provides added flexibility as a back end for other storage systems.

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Risk Level

High: Particularly in organizations with large volumes of data or data requiring encryption.

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30/60/90 Plan

Evaluate use cases and applications that can leverage the technology, implement a simple infrastructure, deploy a proof-of-concept application, and then work on a migration and integration plan for all applications that can take advantage of the technology.

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Time to Value

Immediate after migration of major applications.

What Is Object Storage?

Object storage is a data storage architecture tuned to the unique demands of unstructured data such as documents, email, images, video, and other media files. It differs from file storage, which keeps data in hierarchical folders, and block storage, which stores data across discrete, addressable blocks. It works by storing data as objects that contain data, metadata, and a unique ID to enable distributed access. By abstracting data as objects, it is easier to manage large amounts of unstructured data.

Object storage is abstracted from administrators and applications. It uses RESTful API and HTTP/S protocols to access data, organized into unique “objects,” stored in a flat namespace with rich metadata. RESTful APIs make it simpler to manage and gain access to data without having to create bespoke code or applications.

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