Virtualization Technology: Object-Oriented Storage Is Worth a Closer Look: 10 Reasons Why
OO Storage Aligns With the Cost of Data
Object storage systems remove the complexity and management costs associated with keeping an enterprise storage system in production-ready status. Object storage is based on a single, flat address space that enables the automatic routing of data to the proper storage systems, the right storage tier and protection levels within those systems according to its value and stage in the data life cycle.
Trimming the cost of data storage is becoming a high-agenda item for IT organizations, yet data and efficient access to it is an organization's most valuable asset. Struggling with the performance, scalability and management complexity required to maintain conventional file-based storage systems is a losing battle if data needs to be stored more than 90 days. One way to approach this is to use an object-oriented storage system, which vastly simplifies the process. Object-oriented storage, which has been around for two decades, differs from unstructured file storage in that the objects filed are not housed in volumes or attached to a directory. Objects are simply assigned an ID number or name with detailed metadata and can be retrieved at any time. Object storage systems can easily search for data without knowing specific filenames, dates or traditional file designations. They can also use the metadata to apply service-level agreements (SLAs), policies for routing, distribution and disaster recovery, retention and deletion, as well as to automate storage management. These are functions that file systems just cannot address. One of our sources for this slide show is Versant, an object storage database software provider in Redwood City, Calif.