Object storage is fast becoming a viable replacement for traditional storage systems; it’s easier to deploy, costs less to maintain, and scales without limiting data accessibility.
Improved scalability not only helps object storage lower costs and reduce complexity, but also increase data protection. By design, any object store protects every piece of data placed on it. No other backup or copy of the data needs to occur.
Furthermore, the growth of big data has exposed the bottlenecks and failures of traditional data storage methods, especially with regards to unstructured data. Traditional RAID storage schemes are based on parity, and if more than two drives fail simultaneously, data becomes unrecoverable. RAID is suitable for most data storage requirements. But with the burden that big data places on storage needs, this failure scenario starts to become a real possibility.
Our Chief Technologist, Dustin Smith, recently gave a three-part video tech talk on object storage that is worth a look if you’re starting to explore the technology. Video One covers a basic background on object storage – what it is and how the underlying technologies make it work. Video Two gets into the details and how object storage benefits an organization and the IT environment. The final video shares some use cases of object storage.
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