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Object Storage: Benefits include Scalability, Security and Cost

By Dick Weisinger

Object storage is increasingly being used in applications that involve big data, IoT and analytics.  Object Storage is expected to be used by as many as 90 percent of large businesses over the next two years, based on a study by Western Digital.

Jeffrey Burt, author at the Next Platform, wrote that “there are a lot of reasons to like object storage. Such systems can scale easily and quickly to thousands of petabytes and can cost up to 20 percent less to manage. With object storage systems, data is managed as objects rather than file systems or blocks, with the objects including the data, metadata that make querying and analyzing the data easier, and a globally unique identifier, which helps drive the scalability of the technology.”

Top reasons why businesses are interested in object storage include:

  • Data protection
  • Better data access
  • Cost

Phil Bullinger, senior vice president at Western Digital, said that “the rapid growth of unstructured data driven by new applications, workloads and rich-media data streams, combined with data center transformations to hybrid cloud, software-defined and converged architectures, are unraveling traditional storage markets.”

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