Though object storage has been around for nearly a decade, the number of conversations surrounding this topic has drastically increased over the past year. Why has it gained traction?
Two main reasons:
- Object storage resolves both the increased cost and increased risk in managing the substantial growth of files. Experts believe data generation by 2020 will increase 4300%.
- 70% of data is created by the individual, but the enterprise is ultimately responsible for housing and managing all the data.
This increase in individual data creation, ranging from photos, videos, meeting agendas and yes, even social media content, has escalated the need for databases to provide a fluid structure and pattern for storing and pulling these objects.
We as individuals aren’t organized and patterned with how we create, store or even access our data. We expect it to be available no matter the file type, the device being utilized or the time of day access is requested.
So, what is Object Storage?
Object storage, also known as object-based storage, utilizes a flat architecture that stores data in buckets. Within these buckets, objects contain metadata of pertinent document information including last revised date and time, original file path and search terms for easier retrieval.
Object storage does not require the cumbersome and data-load “heaviness” of generating an entire file structure or allocating a proper block storage amount.
Other storage solutions (in their simplest terms) include:
- File Storage: this storage alternative is similar to what is represented on your standard hard-drive, with folders and files. File system specifications vary widely across systems, including such attributes as security, size, and flexibility.
- Block Storage: block storage reserves a specified amount of space to hold storage within the various compartments, for instance, when burning files to a DVD. This format has the potential for drastic amounts of space to go unused.
Upon upload within an object storage solution, each object receives a unique object identification number. This unique identifier, along with useful metadata, allows quick search and access of objects from any location.
Accessing the data is simplified through minimal PUT, GET and DELETE requests from a standard RESTful API call.
Object storage provides organizations with instant scalability. In some environments, gone are the days of NAS-type storage requirements of defining a file system, creating a hierarchy of directories, and utilizing significant load time when processing changes to those structures.
Object storage allows IT departments to build on-the-fly decision-making processes. Depending on a file’s security metadata, the object can be stored on-site or in the cloud.
Customization of the metadata fields allows for even further configuration and advanced options. Metadata can be uniquely determined at the object level providing agility and flexibility not achieved through other storage means.
In the end…
Object storage is providing a strong solution in how corporations deal with the exploding amount of unstructured data entering the business workflow every day.
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