In recent years the growth in unstructured data has brought about the creation of a new type of storage – Object Storage – which is much better suited to unstructured data than traditional block storage and filesystems. Its different to block storage in a number of ways which will take too long to explain here. If you’ve seen a picture of a cat on Facebook or listened to a tune on Spotify you’ve retrieved an object from object storage.
Storage virtualisation is a fast growing technology in the datacenter, making a perfect complement to the more established server virtualisation.
By abstracting advanced function in software the technology helps to commoditise storage purchasing and simplify its management.
Storage specialist Dave White thought it best to try and clarify a few points and answer a few questions.
Every year, for at least the last six years, our chief engineer has asked his team to look at object storage for enterprise backup architectures. The answer has always been the same – it’s too expensive for all but the very largest enterprises.