What Does 2017 Hold for Object Storage?

Many companies struggle in today’s environment to manage higher amounts of information amongst the massive growth of unstructured data. It’s becoming more apparent that traditional storage hasscaling limitations and better solutions are in high demand.

Object-based storage enables a storage system to manage data as objects rather than as blocks or files within sectors. Data and valuable metadata are included in these objects making it easier to find, sort, and understand the information. Objects are stored in a flat address space, therefore, eliminating complexity and scalability challenges of hierarchical files systems in traditional storage.

With unlimited scalability, object-based storage doesn’t outgrow a file system and consolidates storage silos. This provides a better remote backup solution with automatic data replication to a secondary site. It also uses standard hardware and avoids the expense of replacement and expansion to upgrade classic storage systems. For companies experiencing high scale growth, data accessibility with object storage could be valuable for any organization.

A Shift in Software Approach

Companies interested in scaling from small clusters of data to exabytes of data need a software-based approach with affordable scalability. Object storage vendors offering the pay-as-you-go licensing model are increasingly attractive as customers prefer to pay for current usage, not 3-5 years of cost upfront. Companies can use object-based storage to deploy and manage their own private cloud storage while maintaining freedom of choice in access and protection across data centers.

To mirror requirements for organizations of any size, object storage vendors are developing a new style of software to include unified file and object-based storage in one solution. This offers several ways to access stored data.

Object-Based Storage Is Gaining Awareness

Object storage is finally on the verge of becoming known after nearly 20 years thanks to Amazon S3 being the driving leader in the public cloud storage sector. S3’s success is generating more interest in object storage and increasing customer awareness.

Another driver for object storage adoption is OpenStack. OpenStack Object Storage (aka Swift), is a free open-source software platform for cloud computing which enables solutions to be deployed as IaaS. Companies have embraced this scalable storage system to handle large amounts of data, especially in industries focused on life sciences, media, and entertainment.

A big challenge for storage systems is compatibility and interoperability between systems and resources. Most companies have a diverse storage environment and expect the same flexibility from object storage with solutions that support OpenStack Swift API and AWS S3 API. Organizations are looking for affordable, easy options to optimize their resources based on their specific business needs.

Object storage awareness is growing and will encouragemore object storage vendors to lead development and bring additional solutions to market. The conditions may be just right this year for object storage to gain traction in the storage industry.

Curious to learn more? Contact Datera for data storage solutions.


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